Apple plants the seeds for massive Galway data centre

An artist's impression of the proposed Apple site.

Technology giant Apple is set to lodge a planning application with Galway County Council next week for its new data centre in Athenry.

The company hopes that the project – which will create around 300 jobs between construction and when operating – can begin construction as soon as possible, with an opening date in 2017.

The planning application for the 500-acre forest site at Palmerstown and Toberroe in Derrydonnell will also include an Environmental Impact Statement.

The application includes:

A single-storey data centre building measuring more than 263,000 square feet.

A single-storey logistics and administration building measuring 56,000 sq ft.

A single-storey maintenance building measuring 3,100 sq ft

Two small ‘fibre huts’, a security hut, ESB substation and 18 standby generators.

The site will also include waste water treatment plants and rainwater harvesting. It is planned to have parking for more than 200 cars, as well as 50 internal staff mobility spaces and disabled parking spaces.

As well as an amenity walkway around the site, there is a landscaping plan (including tree planting) and a 2.4 metre high perimeter security fence.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.