More data centers are planned west of London in Slough.

An unnamed developer is planning to demolish six office buildings to develop two data centers.

At the same time, Equinix has been named as the data center company that acquired the nearby former AkzoNobel site last year.

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The Bath Road buildings to be demolished – Google Maps

Bath Road campus

An unnamed developer this week filed with Slough Borough Council for an Environmental Screening Opinion for the development of two data centers near the Slough Trading Estate.

The application seeks to demolish six neighboring office buildings along Bath Road and build two data centers.

The demolition of 188, 190, and 200 Bath Road would see the construction of one data center with ancillary office space, while the demolition of 208, 210, and 216 Bath Road would see the construction of a second data center.

The size and capacity of the proposed data centers weren’t shared.

The six buildings are all currently multi-story office spaces of varying sizes. The proposed facilities would be west of a Kao Data facility (KLON-06) on the other side of Galvin Road, and directly south of Cyxtera’s LHR1 facility.

The company behind the application isn’t included, and there are no documents with further information at this stage. Consultees for environmental and noise impacts are due to respond by mid-December.

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Equinix's acquired site – Google Maps

Equinix behind proposed campus at AkzoNobel site

Equinix has outed itself as the company behind a new planned data center campus in Slough.

First reported by Inside Media, Equinix has filed to demolish a number of existing buildings to prepare the site for a new data center campus.

The former AkzoNobel paint and manufacturing facility currently consists of six former industrial buildings along Wrexham Road, including a fuel store, two multi-story office buildings, and two multi-story industrial buildings. Another filing suggests the campus could span up to 90,640 sqm (975,640 sq ft).

Approval has been recommended by Council staff.

Slough Council voted to sell the Wrexham Road site to an unnamed data center developer last year. The council originally acquired the site for £38.5 million (~$43m) from Panattoni in February 2021 with plans for a residential and commercial development.

Yondr is developing a data center on land nearby. The company is planning to develop two buildings totaling 100MW on the site of the former Uxbridge Road Gas Works and part of the disused Akzo Nobel paint factory.

Equinix has a number of data centers – LD4, 5, 6, 7-1, 7-2, 10, 11x, and 13x – in operation and/or development in Slough. The company is also planning a new 30MW facility known as LD14 in the area.