Apple to use Galway data centre to help run iTunes and Maps

Proposed development on 500-acre site involves a 24,505sq m data centre building

Apple’s proposed data centre in Galway has been given the green light. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Apple’s proposed data centre in Galway has been given the green light. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

 

Apple’s €850 million data centre in Co Galway was planned to help run its online services like iTunes and Maps.

The proposal would see Apple build on a 500-acre wooded site, previously owned by State agency Coillte, at Derrydonnell, about three miles outside of the Galway town.

Data halls

The proposed development involved a 24,505sq m (263,769sq ft) single-storey data centre building, a 5,232sq m (56,316sq ft) single-storey logistics and administration building and a 289sq m (3,110sq ft) maintenance building.

The development also proposed a 16sq m (172sq ft) security hut and two 48sq m (516sq ft) fibre huts having a maximum overall height of 10 metres (32ft).

A masterplan for the future development of seven more “data halls” was also submitted with the planning application.