First of four high spec data centres opens on £200m campus in Harlow

Kao London One at Kao Data Campus in Kao ParkWorld class data centre operator Kao Data has announced the opening of Kao London One, the first of four data centres to be built at Kao Data Campus, in Harlow.  The £200 million campus, currently under construction, represents one of the largest developments in the UK and adds substantial capacity and future organic growth opportunities for customers.

The campus is located in the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor 20 miles north of London Docklands and 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street. Once completed, Kao Data Campus will support an IT load of over 35MW across 150,000 sq. ft bringing vital capacity to meet City and London-Stansted-Cambridge technology requirements.

The technical capability, hyper-connectivity strategy and secure data resilience of the Kao Data Campus makes it ideally placed to support both cloud and hybrid-cloud solutions for a range of enterprise businesses, including financial services, life sciences, defence and the health sector. Kao London One which has opened ahead of its official opening ceremony is designed to provide 100% uptime.

“The ever-expanding data economy continues to drive the need for IT capacity. Kao London One provides highly resilient capacity and connectivity for national and international businesses. We believe that our strategic location and premium campus solutions offers an exceptional proposition to customers across a wide range of sectors, providing them with significant competitive edge.”


Jan Daan Luycks, CEO, Kao Data

The need for data driven centres

Big data and data analytics centres are already proving to be of enormous benefit to many businesses in aiding to improve operational efficiency, customer experience and create new business models. It has become increasingly rare for new companies to launch into the wholesale data centre market as the entry barriers are too high given the funding requirement and the lack of suitable sites with sufficient owned power, land and connectivity.

The Kao Data Campus site comprises four 8.8MW datacentres, each divided into four 2.2MW Technology Suites. It will be the only campus within 30 miles of London to combine:

  • 150,000 sq ft technical space
  • 200,000 sq ft of grade A office space

 “The provision of high specification data centre facilities is essential in order to maintain the UK’s position at the epicentre for technological excellence and a global hub for business connectivity.”


Paul Finch, Chief Technical Officer, Kao Data

Harlow at the forefront of new technology

Harlow Enterprise ZoneHarlow's growing reputation as a science-led town began in the sixties with the development of fibre optic technology by Nobel Prize winner Charles Kao at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories (STL). Today, in its place is the Harlow Enterprise Zone, a new development for advanced manufacturing and life sciences/medical technology businesses in which Kao Data is located. The data centre marks the continuation in technological development in Harlow since the first development of fibre optic technology on the site 50 years ago.

“As the birthplace of fibre optics, Kao Park has the legacy, workforce and supporting infrastructure to provide a world class data centre campus. We believe this model – which is a first for the UK – can create a genuinely innovative and virtuous ecosystem of tenants which will spawn research breakthroughs.”


Mark Trevor, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Development of Kao Park

Development for the site, located in Harlow, has been backed by private equity giants Downing LLP and Goldacre Ventures.

“Kao Data Campus represents an exciting and important resource for the UK data economy. Not only is it backed by some of the world’s most astute investors, it also benefits from an experienced and visionary management team.”


David Bloom, Chief Executive and Founder, Goldacre Ventures

How INVEST Essex can assist companies interested in moving to Kao Park

INVEST Essex works closely with the Harlow Enterprise Zone supporting companies looking to relocate to a more modern and better suited environment. They have worked with defence innovation specialist Raytheon, now based on Kao Park, for the last three and a half years assisting them to expand their UK operations.

If your business is interested in moving to Kao Park, contact INVEST Essex here for more information. 

Dave Russell-Graham
Dave Russell-Graham

Inward Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

+44 (0) 7881 310776


With over 30 years’ experience in the life sciences and healthcare sector Dave has an extensive range of contacts in the industry as well as experience in pharmaceutical development through to facility refurbishment and fit out. Dave’s work has predominantly been with major pharmaceutical companies, and in 2011 he was a key player in the deal between Pfizer and Mylan for Pfizer’s respiratory technology platform. More recently he has worked as the Scientific Development Advisor for Harlow Science Park.

Simon Papworth
Simon Papworth

Inward Investment Manager (High-Technology Cluster)

+44 (0) 7515 199255


Simon has worked in inward investment for the last four years, building a wide network of trusted business connections, working on a variety of successful projects in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Simon spent 7 years advising business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on bringing innovative products to market.