Telehouse, a London-based colocation provider, has recently opened its fifth data centre ‘Building M’ at its Frankfurt campus, boosting the digital hub of continental Europe by 4.5 megawatts. The construction of the new building on three floors has added 2,200 square metres of data centre space to the campus, bringing the total to more than 50,000 square metres of space that caters to all requirements, from single racks to dedicated data centre areas. The expansion is a part of Telehouse’s wider European growth scheme as well as a response to the increasing demand from German firms for external computing power, as they consistently invest in future-proof cloud applications.
Frankfurt is the most vital location for data centres in Germany and is also the largest network node in Europe. Due to the high demand, Building M is already fully leased, and further expansion of the site is now in the planning stages since the centrally located campus still has enough space for future growth. Telehouse’s German expansion strategy will also set the bar high regarding sustainability. All of Telehouse’s Frankfurt buildings use waste heat to supply the neighbouring newly created “FRANKY” residential quarter with district heating, which can provide over 60% of the community’s annual energy requirement for heating homes and water, utilizing roughly 2% of the waste heat from Telehouse data centres. This heat recovery approach has significantly reduced emissions compared to conventional local gas-based heating methods.
Telehouse Europe is also exploring recycling opportunities at its Magny-Les-Hameaux campus in Paris. Dr. Béla Waldhauser, Managing Director of Telehouse Deutschland GmbH, stated, “It’s particularly important for us to be able to combine efficiency, performance and safety with a contribution to environmental protection in the interest of our customers. In this way, we are assuming responsibility both locally and globally.”