Inward investment from data centre construction in Ireland has tripled over the past four years, bringing the average annual spend to €1.3 billion.
This high level of activity has helped Irish companies to become internationally recognised for excellence in data centre construction in recent years.
Global tech giants in Ireland
Ireland’s climate, connectivity and excellence in construction have made it an attractive location for data centres.
There are 53 active data centres in Ireland, with 29 currently in development. Dublin, Europe’s largest data centre market, is home to four of the leading five ‘hyperscale’ data centres active in the European market. Last year, 16 new data halls came online.
The most significant announcement this quarter is Amazon’s investment of around €200 million in the construction of a wind farm near the Irish county of Donegal.
Costings from construction consultants Mitchell McDermott report that over half of the spend in data centre construction over the year was on equipment used to provide power and cooling, with 20% spent on creating the building shell and architectural services.
Host in Ireland believe that increased levels of investment in Ireland will continue due to the demand for ICT services globally, and in particular, the volume of data being generated and consumed.
Irish data centre construction strengths
Irish companies are now at the forefront of domestic and international data centre construction. The scale of high-tech builds ranges from multi-million euro projects to those valued at several billion.
Irish construction companies have also been heavily involved in the building of new plants and extending facilities in the pharma sector.