Commercial property

Wiltshire data centre firm expands into London

Written by Peter Davison on .

Renault Retail Group’s West London showroom


A data centre business based in Corsham has expanded into London with the purchase of a landmark building.

Ark Data Centres has acquired Renault Retail Group’s West London showroom, and plans to convert the site into a data centre.

Set on a five-acre plot of land, the data centre will be powered by renewable electricity, via power purchase agreements – helping to fulfil the company's industry-leading aspiration to reduce its emissions by up to 80 percent in key locations.

Construction on the facility at Western Avenue, Park Royal, will begin in 2022 – when the firm will also launch its flagship London data centre in Union Park, Hayes.

The facility will use on-site solar for some of its power needs, and gas generators as an alternative to diesel.

Renault, which has occupied the building since the 1930s, will continue to operate at the 92,000 square foot building in the meantime.

Ark Data Centres has close connections to the public sector, most notably entering into a joint venture with the Cabinet Office to form Crown Hosting Data Centres to offer colocation to government bodies.

“Ark is delighted to have been able to acquire this site from Renault Retail Group," said Ark Data Centres CEO Huw Owen.

"Our customers have an expectation for us to be both socially responsible, as well as provide best-in-class, market-leading data centres in the locations where we can have the greatest impact.

"This new exciting acquisition of Park Royal, our third in London, not only supports Ark’s own sustainability commitments but also empowers the customers we serve by helping them to honour their own carbon reduction goals.”

Data Centres are physical buildings that ensure the critical IT of an organisation is secure and always running.