Growth in store as giant Scottish data centre serving two million people changes hands

A Scottish data centre and cloud services provider has acquired a giant Lanarkshire facility that provides IT services for an estimated two million people across the country.

DataVita has bought the Fortis data centre with £45 million of funding support from parent outfit HFD Group.

The deal sees the company gain full ownership of the data centre from a syndicate of private investors. DataVita has operated the facility since 2016 and was its first occupier, providing data centre and cloud services to businesses and public sector organisations.

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The acquisition concludes the first phase of the company’s strategy for the facility, which when complete will see it valued at £160m.

Danny Quinn, managing director of Lanarkshire-based DataVita.

Danny Quinn, managing director of Bellshill-based DataVita, said: “The deal for Fortis has been enabled by DataVita’s success over the last few years, from more or less a standing start.

“We can now accelerate our plans to drive the data centre’s environmental and wider ESG [environmental, social, and corporate governance] focus, open up new opportunities with our existing clients, and support our market competitiveness and ability to work with larger users of IT services across the UK.

“From a wider HFD Group perspective, it underlines our support for, and investment in, IT services for our existing and prospective occupiers.”

He added: “As the disruption caused by Covid-19 continues and our economy and society rely more than ever on digital infrastructure, DataVita is in a strong position to support the IT and data needs of businesses and public sector services in a secure and sustainable way.”

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