GLASGOW’S digital landscape could expand even further following the submission of a planning application to develop three new data centres.

CityFibre, a digital infrastructure programme who provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators, is looking to continue its expansion at Queenslie Industrial Estate.

The industrial estate, which is east of the city centre, would see the development with two data centre cabins, with 12 air conditioning units, two generators, and one-metre cabinet all within an outdoor fenced compound.

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CityFibre has a programme to roll out city-wide, full fibre gigabit-speed broadband services across the UK. This new network will transform the city’s digital landscape, bringing full-fibre connectivity within reach of every building in the city.

Its aim is to not only deliver extensive fibre for homes and businesses but to provide a change in internet speed and quality, and a future proof platform for economic growth in the digital age.

The application site, which is centrally located at Queenslie Industrial Estate but is not too close to any residential development, is made up of around 900 sqm of vacant land.

It has been previously used for occasional car parking, but the area is not allocated for tenant’s use and the applicant argues there is significant parking across the rest of the estate.

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The operation itself will be made up of a storehouse for the storage, management, data and information connected with the CityFibre network operation.

Due to the operation of a large number of computer systems, which are typically required to operate at low temperatures, additional air conditioning will be required for the proposed buildings.

Planning chiefs at the city council will discuss the application and make a decision in due course.