The Data Centre Boom

Jul 5, 2021

The data centre boom is not showing any signs of slowing down and over the last 6 weeks I have noticed an unprecedented amount of projects being announced or commencing construction. We are seeing a mixture of projects from the major hyperscale developments to refit and refurbishments of the localisation data centres. There doesn’t seem to be many countries in Europe that don’t currently have a data centre under construction or in the final stages of planning with live projects in London, Dublin, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, etc etc.

I first recruited for the data centre sector in 2006 during the financial boom (yes I am that old!) and I have always found it difficult to predict how the sector will evolve in the coming 12-18 months but I think we can all be confident that the sector will continue to see unprecedented growth across the globe.

Below is a snapshot of some of the recent project news;

  • Digiplex has broken ground on the construction of two new data centres near Oslo, Norway.
  • AirTrunk has announced it is launching a new 20MW facility in Hong Kong. This is a retrofit project of an existing eight storey building.
  • Echelon has announced further investment into the data centre sector with confirmation of a £150m project in London alongside the existing developments in planning in Ireland.
  • Google has announced that they will be constructing a £550m+ project in Taiwan.
  • Amazon confirmed plans to start constructing its £1bn project in Dublin which was first announced in 2017.
  • Microsoft commenced construction of its data centre projects near Malmo, Sweden.
  • Green Mountain has commenced construction of its facility in Oslo.

As a business we work with some of leading clients in the data centre industry and I am having a lot of positive conversations about forward project pipelines and new facilities going live in the coming months.

Our data centre team is as busy as ever and has a number of excellent opportunities within the construction phase of data centres, and also the ongoing FM and maintenance sector for existing and new facilities.

Please get in contact if you are interested in discussing new opportunities or if you are a client looking to partner with a specialist recruitment company that really understands the data centre and high technology sectors.