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Data centre construction to grow in 2012

The government’s planned consolidation of its data centres and the need to improve energy efficiency across the sector is expected to drive growth in data centre construction next year, according to a new report.

Built environment research firm AMA Research on Friday published a report on data centre construction which predicted that the growth seen in the sector in 2010 and 2011 is likely to continue next year and through to 2015.

The market is expected to be valued at £1.66 billion by 2015, up from an anticipated construction value of £1.26 billion for this year, with the vast majority of work likely to come between 2012 and 2014.

“The prospects for the data centre construction market in the medium term are relatively bright and it is expected that in 2012, the market will show strong growth,” says the report, Data Centre Construction Market Report - UK 2011-2015 Analysis.

“This will be driven by, among other factors, an expected surge of activity ahead of the implementation of the government’s planned consolidation of its hundreds of data centres into just a handful. In addition, while some client sectors have been facing difficult times during the recession, demand in some key client sectors, such as online content and media providers and SaaS providers have seen strong growth and this is likely to continue in the near future.”

It adds that the drive for greater energy efficiency in data centres – which typically consume “incredibly large amounts of power” – will also aid growth in construction of new facilities and improvements to existing data centres.

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