Planning permission approved for a groundbreaking IT Services and Data Centre Campus at Maydown Industrial and Technology Park.

MCI Planning and Development secured outline planning permission for the erection of four IT service and data centre buildings, substation compounds, generators, switch gear and transformers together with internal access roads, car parking and associated works. Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee approved the outline planning application ratifying Planning Officer recommendation for approval.

The outline planning application was delivered 1 year after its submission to Council and builds upon a previous planning permission granted in 2019 for a single IT services and data centre building and associated infrastructure on a 0.9 hectare part of the application site, in the southern portion of the eastern parcel of land.

The entire site extends over 12 hectares of land, divided by Maydown Road and comprises of two parcels of land of similar size on opposite sides of Maydown Road. Each parcel of land has its own site
entrance and offers potential operators flexibility. The site is currently vacant land characterised as an expanse of scrubland, semi-mature trees and vegetation.

The site sits between two Power Stations; Coolkeeragh Power Station and Lisahally biomass power station and is in close proximity of the landing station for the Project Kelvin Transatlantic fibre. This project connects Northern Ireland to America via the Hibernia North submarine cable system and opens the opportunity for fast international data connectivity that is required for major Data Centre Developments.