Computer supercentre comes to life at Langstone Technology Park

IMPRESSIVE MP David Willetts MP, left, with Data Centre Manager Mike Duncan and, right, sales director Alastair Stewart.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (113917-6379)

IMPRESSIVE MP David Willetts MP, left, with Data Centre Manager Mike Duncan and, right, sales director Alastair Stewart. Picture: Malcolm Wells (113917-6379)

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IT’s been dubbed the greenest facility of its kind and will save enough energy to power every household in Portsmouth for a day.

Now this £10m computer super-centre has been brought to life at Langstone Technology Park in Langstone Road, Havant.

Over seven hundred companies have signed up to be part of the Peer 1 Hosting data centre, which holds thousands of servers containing classified company information as well as the addresses, bank details and passwords of customers when they shop with online retailers.

The facility also includes a mini golf green, a dart board and a kitchen with free meals on offer for its team of fifteen staff.

From next month, the centre will call itself the greenest of its kind in the country.

Six roof-top coolers will reduce energy emissions from the servers as part of a £35m investment.

An extra 40,000 servers will also be built in the next five years, creating up to 100 extra jobs at the centre.

Havant MP David Willetts welcomed its launch.

Mr Willetts said: ‘It’s great that an industry of this nature has been attracted to the south coast. The Technology Park already has great tenants and it’s good to see Peer 1 Hosting joining them.

‘It’s going to put Havant at the heart of the internet.

‘The centre is eco-friendly, and introducing a system to reduce energy levels makes commercial sense because energy prices have increased dramatically.

‘It’s a fantastic, secure place for companies to store their records.’

Mike Duncan, 37, manager of the data centre, said: ‘The energy saved from the coolers could power a large city like Portsmouth. It’s the greenest data centre going in the country.

‘It’s a first-class facility and I’m very proud of it. I hope we can attract thousands of companies to use our service.’

Alastair Stewart, a sales director for Peer 1 Hosting, said: ‘Langstone Park was the perfect place to hold the new centre because the building and power levels really suited our needs.’

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