Growthpoint to welcome Africa’s first NTT data centre

Growthpoint Properties has started on the development of the first NTT data centre in Africa.

The cutting-edge development is located at the Centralpoint Innovation District in Samrand, Johannesburg. The Johannesburg 1 Data Centre (dubbed JOH1) is being developed by Growthpoint on behalf of NTT Ltd., a world leading global technology services provider, and Dimension Data, the South African systems integrator and managed service provider which represents NTT Ltd. business in the Middle East and in Africa.

NTT operates one of the largest data centre platforms in the world with over 160 data centres spanning more than twenty countries and regions.

The multi-million Rand twelve-month development project broke ground in September 2020 and it can be currently seen rising out of the ground. It will comprise of 6 000m2 of IT space and 20MW of IT load facility. JOH1 will also feature high-end offices with an NTT Technology Experience Lab (TEL), all supported by specialised state-of-the-art security solutions.

The data centre is being built to tier-three standards and it is scheduled for practical completion late 2021 with NTT planning to launch in 2022.

Designed to the leading international standards of NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centres division, the opportunity to develop JOH1 in Centralpoint Innovation District was identified locally by Dimension Data and Growthpoint as early as 2017. The site’s ideal proximity to an electrical substation with ample generation capacity provides the massive advantage of extremely cost-effective electrical infrastructure set-up.

South Africa leads the market for data centres in Africa, and Johannesburg is the country’s data centre capital. The Growthpoint-owned 42-hectare Centralpoint Innovation District enjoys a premium position in a high-demand hub for data centres and technology businesses in the city. It is distinguished by a unique combination of functionality and appeal. Security, power availability, diverse fibre connectivity, easy access of the highway and customized designs are key considerations for businesses in this market, and Centralpoint offers this all at an extremely high level. It also features beautiful, landscaped gardens in a well-maintained public precinct managed by a dedicated property owners association.

JOH1 is Growthpoint’s fourth development in this vibrant, growing business community. Others include the 10 000m2 Bakers SA Limited’s warehouse and distribution facility and regional offices, the 27 000m2 Sterling Industrial Park comprising eight freestanding units built over two phases and the Centralpoint Innovation District’s Property Owners Association’s offices.

Leon Labuschagne, Growthpoint’s Head of Industrial Development, says, “the projects to date have been tailored for third parties as well as Growthpoint’s portfolio of assets because Centralpoint is such a prime location. The Centralpoint district development is market-driven and responds to the demand for quality, efficient, high-tech, logistics and warehousing facilities in great locations.”

Centralpoint is conveniently located in Midrand, just off the N1 Samrand off-ramp between Johannesburg and Pretoria with easy access to the east and west of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It enjoys superb highway access to the N1 North and South, and N14, easy connection to the R21 on route to OR Tambo via Olifantsfontein road, and is well served by public transport.

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