26 November 2009
Award-winning consultancy, WYG, has helped to get planning permission for the creation of one of the world’s largest data centre, it has announced today.
The £950m development at Peelhouses Farm in Dumfries and Galloway will attract more than £3.5b in inward investment and create hundreds of jobs both during and post construction.
WYG Planning & Design is retained by the developer, Lockerbie Data Centres Ltd, as lead consultants and masterplanners for the project. The specialist consultants co-ordinated the preparation and submission of the environmental statement and a comprehensive community engagement exercise.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director, WYG Environment Planning Transport said:
“As an international consultant, we have a track record of providing creative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging projects. By using our experienced team and engaging with the local community we successfully gained planning permission for our client. We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project.”
In addition to the 250,000sqm data centre, the development will include up to 18,800sqm of office accommodation with a focus on web-commerce, information technology and international digital communications industries. Horticultural research and commercial glasshouses of up to 50,000sqm will also be provided.
Donald McCreadie, consultant to WYG Planning & Design said: “This has been an ambitious, challenging and complex project involving WYG, as lead consultants, working closely with officers from the Council and statutory consultees as well as an extensive community engagement exercise undertaken throughout the past 12 months. However, through the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment, the key technical constraints and opportunities across the site were defined and moulded into the masterplan leading to yesterday’s positive decision by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Lockerbie and I look forward to working closely with Lockerbie Data Centres Limited in helping to deliver this project on the ground,” he added.
The project is expected to start next year.