Scottish data center firm DataVita is to open a new facility in Glasgow.

The company is taking up space in 177 Bothwell Street, a newly developed 14-story, 313,000 sq ft (29,000 sqm) property billed as ‘Glasgow’s largest single office building.’

DataVita has reportedly invested £6 million ($7.5m) in moving into the new office building, which has been developed by its owner, Scottish commercial property and investment firm HFD Group.

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– HFD Group

The company is offering up to 130 racks worth of space on the site, with the new data center expected to be operational by Q3 2022.

Danny Quinn, managing director at DataVita, said: “The installation of our new metro data center at 177 Bothwell Street is a large part of our plan for growth. Having the data center in the heart of the city will not only support the capabilities of 177 Bothwell Street, but will support the growing demand from telecoms, IoT, and smart city technologies providers for quality data center services in the heart of Glasgow city center.”

AECOM, CBRE, BNP Paribas, Transport Scotland, and Virgin Money are also tenants of the new building. The building’s energy will be supplied by the Blantyre Muir Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire.

Stephen Lewis, managing director at HFD Property Group, added: “Having a dedicated data center at 177 Bothwell Street underlines HFD’s commitment to being a full-service property developer, giving our occupiers and the wider city access to the IT infrastructure they need. Occupiers within 177 are able to locate their IT systems in a purpose-built data center within the building, benefiting from its inherent resilience and energy efficiency. The data center will also provide the building with the IT infrastructure necessary for the many smart building technologies we are installing to make it operate as efficiently as possible.”

Business Minister Ivan McKee said: “I welcome the significant investment by DataVita in this metro data center. Located in the heart of the city, this facility will serve Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, together with technology businesses and the development of important innovation programs including 5G and the Internet of Things.”

DataVita currently operates one other facility; the 4,000 sqm (43,00 sq ft) Fortis data center outside Glasgow it has occupied for a number of years and recently acquired from private owners.

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