DEVELOPER Highbridge Properties has started demolishing the former Atmel semiconductor wafer fabrication plant at Cobalt Park in North Shields.
The Atmel site, previously Siemens, is being cleared to make way for the construction of the second of three new data centres planned for the business park.
The manufacturing plant was originally founded on solid bedrock and was designed to eliminate vibration during the manufacturing of semiconductor wafers.
The plant was also served by four separate and direct National Grid power connections, making its site ideal for the development of a new data centre.
Construction of the data centre is expected to begin in the winter.
Highbridge Properties director Guy Marsden said: “This former wafer-manufacturing site provides us with an ideal canvas on which to develop our latest data centre at Cobalt, thanks to the ideal characteristics of the site.
“We look forward to delivering an exceptionally high standard facility as it is an important part of our long-term strategy to develop a high-quality data centre campus at Cobalt Park.”
The former Atmel plant will be demolished over a 20-week period, and up to 40 per cent of the site infrastructure will be reclaimed and used in the construction of the data centre taking its place.
The demolition of the plant is due to be completed in October.