July 13, 2017


Development represents a total investment of £200m and is expected to deliver one of the UK’s leading science and technology parks.

One of the largest data centre parks in Europe and the largest in the UK has announced the full energisation of its site.

KAO Data Campus, a project being developed under an investment of £200m, said the 43.5MW of power now available at the site in Harlow, outside London, were put to work two months ahead of schedule.

The developer said it is now about to enter negotiations for a power purchasing agreement to supply 100% renewable energy for customers who wish their data centre operations to be based on zero carbon platform bolstering their sustainability credentials at each of KAO’s sixteen data halls.

The 35-acre park is being built as one of the UK’s most important research and development facilities for technology and science and will also offer office space in addition to the data centre buildings.

The project has been backed by some of the world’s leading investors, as reported exclusively by Data Economy back in February 2017, when a funding round led by Downing LLP and managed by Goldacre Ventures delivered an extra £33m worth of investment.

Paul Finch, Chief Operating Officer at KAO Data, said: “Taking power out of the critical path de-risks the delivery, positioning the project for further success.

“It is also an important step towards the realization of phase one of the development. With the first building due to be declared watertight in July, energisation of the site means that installation of engineering infrastructure can go ahead without hindrance.”

“Energisation of the site is a serious tick in the box for any data centre owner and operator. We can now proceed through levels one to five of the commissioning process to keep the facility on target for its practical completion by December this year.

“Keeping this project on time and on budget is to the credit of a very accomplished and dedicated professional and contracting team. Particular credit goes to Matrix Networks in collaboration with JCA Engineering.”

Also commenting on the energisation of the site, Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise at Harlow Council, a part-funder of the infrastructure works, said: “The Council was pleased to be a partner in this important development for the town.

“The data centre campus is a significant element in the continuing science and technology-led economic development of Harlow. It will also be a strong complement to our adjacent Science Park.

“I am delighted that the KAO Data team has reached this significant milestone ahead of schedule and look forward to completion of the first building.”

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) also supported the KAO Data development with £2.5m repayable loan funding through the Local Infrastructure Fund (now replaced by the government’s Home Building Fund).

A spokesperson said, “The HCA, in close collaboration with Harlow Council, is really pleased to have played a part in the successful delivery of this ambitious project within the Harlow Enterprise Zone.”