New KCOM university data centre gets the go-ahead - and it will create dozens of jobs

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Mar 2018

Plans for a new multi-million pound data centre in Hull have been given the go-ahead.

It will be built on land in Inglemire Lane next to playing fields owned by the University of Hull.

The new warehouse-style building will store data for the university, KCOM and Hull College.

It will also be designed with the capacity to provide data centre and other IT services to services to other academic institutions as well as public and private organisations across the region.

John Hemingway, director of ICT at the University of Hull, said: "This partnership is allowing us to create an outstanding data centre facility within the region, one which the university would not be able to create alone.

"The partners will benefit from a showcase data centre offering leading edge power efficiency.

READ MORE: KCOM university data centre to create dozens of high-tech jobs in Hull

"Our partnership with KCOM and Hull College is a fantastic example of how a university, a further education college and a commercial organisation can come together for the benefit of each other and the region."

Gary Young from KCOM

KCOM’s executive vice president Gary Young said: "We are delighted that the data centre has passed the planning application stage and this state-of-the-art facility can move forward to the next stage of development with our partners at the University of Hull.

"The creation of a high quality data centre in Hull is great news for the city and will be a major boost for the region’s digital and tech industries.

READ MORE: KCOM reveals the next Hull streets to get ultrafast broadband

"It will enable many business to invest in Hull instead of seeking data services outside the area, while also attracting inward investment and creating dozens of high value, high-tech jobs here.

"The centre will utilise our industry-leading full fibre connectivity making it super-efficient, super-intelligent and ultra-fast and one of the best in the UK."

Councillors on the city council's planning committee approved an application to build the new centre despite objections from some nearby residents.

They claimed they would suffer from light and noise pollution from the development.

However, the committee heard officers in the council's environment protection section were content with the proposal and a number of conditions covering its operation.

The new centre is expected to open for business later this year.

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