Silicon Sands

Welcome to Silicon Sands – a new home for ethically powered data in Blackpool. 

Based at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone off Squires Gate Lane, Silicon Sands will be a digital-led campus for high performance companies. 

Anchored around a series of green data centres powered by renewable energy, the site will allow businesses requiring high performance compute to scale with direct access to a colocation data site. 

Silicon Sands sits alongside the landing point for the CeltixConnect-2 subsea fibre-optic internet cable, transporting up to one third of the world’s internet traffic between Blackpool and New York in less than 64 milliseconds. 

Access to this onsite cable and green data centres offers significant benefits for business which require high performance computing in the future, such as Artificial Intelligence, advanced manufacturing, energy consultancies, gaming and esports or telehealth. 

Silicon Sands will also offer access to ample power supplies and a district heat network, as well as supporting Blackpool Council’s wider Digital Vision for the town.

Construction of a data centre demonstrator to show proof of concept for liquid immersion cooling could start in 2025, with a development masterplan, including potential land opportunities to follow in coming years. 

Expressions of Interest are now being sought for companies to develop and operate the data centre technology demonstrator at Silicon Sands. [DOC – 3.88MB]

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Digital Blackpool

Silicon Sands will lead the way in environmentally friendly approaches to data centres. 

The site will be anchored by a series of ethical data centres. Powered by renewable energy including onsite solar power, the data centres will also be cooled via liquid immersion techniques. 

Liquid immersion cooling reduces the environmental impact of cooling fans, while also increasing efficiency of the data centres by up to 60%. 

The liquid heated up through the immersion cooling process would also be transferred into a district heating network, re-using the waste heat, and providing an option for companies at Silicon Sands to benefit from reduced energy bills. 

To enquire about locating on to Silicon Sands, contact us today.