REVEALED: New data centre at major UK business park


Plans for a new data centre on the site of a former chemical complex in Redcar have been revealed. 

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by Rory ButlerJanuary 5, 2023

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Heaton Planning Limited intends to construct the new campus on the former Croda International manufacturing plant site at Wilton International, which shut down more than a decade ago. 

Although Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council recently confirmed an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the scheme is not required, it is understood a main contractor is yet to be appointed. 

If approved, the scheme would create 250 construction jobs and a further 60 permanent roles. 

The Teesside Freeport area is fast becoming the destination for major builds, including in clean energy and advanced manufacturing, with Tees Valley Lithium (TVL) set to deliver Europe’s largest lithium refinery there with engineering firm Wave International.  

Cleantech firm Nova Pangaea Technologies recently revealed it is partnering with engineering firm Sembcorp subsidiary, Sembcorp Energy UK, on its first commercial facility, NOVAONE, also at Wilton International.  

Wilton International is managed by Sembcorp Utilities. 

  • 48MW data centre 
  • Two two-story buildings (338,500 sq ft and 508,600 sq ft) 
  • New communications building 
  • Two electricity substations 
  • Two-story office (21,500 sq ft) 
  • 24 2MW biofuel generators 
  • 1.7 million sq ft total floorspace 

If approved, the development at the 13-hectare site is expected to take around three years.  

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council was approached for comment.  

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