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New Datacentre Proposed For East India Dock

On what was previously proposed as the site for a number of residential towers by CZWG for Barratt Homes, Telehouse, the data centre provider, now plans on further expanding their operations in London.

Taking in both sites 6 and 8 of East India Dock, the last undeveloped ones of a development area that was originally infilled from a dock and drawn up in the late eighties. Telehouse has actually been in the immediate vicinity ever since the first modern office buildings were constructed here, and the newest plans are just the latest phase of their local expansion.

The plans comprise of the construction of two new buildings divided by Sorrell Lane that runs from west to east across the site. The first will be a 66 metre high data centre that will contain 24,370 square metres that will function as a data and technological support centre, whilst the second structure will be 59 metres tall with 13,283 square metres of internal space and function primarily as an office building.

This is limited to the scale and dimensions it is by the nearby East India Road Tunnel that places restrictions on the sort of structure that can be erected here. Bearing in mind the sensitivity of the surrounding ground area, the building is even designed to jut out at an inclined angle over the ground, something that will create a unique architectural experience in London.

One particular architectural feature penned by Nicholas Webb Architects will be on the fašade of the data centre that overlooks Leamouth Road. Originally it was hoped that this would feature a 3d capable LED screen, but the eastern elevation has since been redesigned to appear like a circuit board following concerns the previous proposal might be too distracting to the passing traffic. At night the project has been proposed by the developer to be up-lit, but the local planning officers have taken issue with this suggesting that a more imaginative lighting approach could make it more animated.

The project is presently winging its way through the planning system, and although it requires further revision before it is acceptable, it promises to be the most attractive addition yet to the rather staid East India Dock area.

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