The latest phase of development has been completed to convert part of a Victorian swimming bathhouse into data center outside Manchester, UK.

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The Ashton Old Baths on Stamford Street, West Ashton-under-Lyne, has been converted into a tech hub, offering more than 10,000 sq ft of office and coworking space. The site also contains a data center that will house local council infrastructure.

Paul Stevens, Director at MCAU, told DCD that the Tier III data center is a Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council data center that the council has commissioned in full. Local data center firm Sudlows supplied the data center to TMBC via a sub-contract through Caseys, with MCAU as the architects.

“Its area is approx 150 sqm (1,600 sq ft) of data center, then a rustic metal fence that surrounds an external compound that houses a new sub-station & data center compound.”

Stevens called the development an “amazing opportunity to form a catalyst to help regenerate the whole area in Thameside.”

According to a Tameside Budget document, the council will be moving systems from a Rochdale facility into the new space, while a Sudlows case study, the facility was required to support a total of 36no. cabinets at 2.5kW per CAB

"Alongside the Council and other Public Sector partners (including NHS) using the facility, we will be making a rack space available for commercial use via Cooperative Network Infrastructure Ltd," Tim Rainey, Assistant Director for Digital Tameside, told DCD.

The cooperative features a number of coucils, NHS trusts, and fiber providers coming together to share and invest in digital infrastructure for the benefit of local public sector and commercial entities.

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The Ashton Swimming Baths opened officially in 1870 and closed in 1975. During its time it also hosted concerts, a tennis club, and a restaurant. In 2014, after standing empty for nearly 40 years, work began to transform the Grade II listed building in a new technology hub. The bath reopened in 2016, offering office and co-working spaces.

The redevelopment was funded by a combination of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council who are the building’s owner.

According to tender documents, Sudlows won a £700,000 tender from TMBC for data center facilities management at the Baths in May.

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