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AtlasEdge opens new data centre in Leeds, UK

Written by Mon 25 Mar 2024

Edge data centre provider, AtlasEdge, has announced the opening of its Leeds data centre. 

The new LBA001 data centre is situated four miles from Leeds city centre, offering connectivity, colocation, and cloud services.

Following the acquisition of Leeds’ largest purpose-built data centre in 2022, AtlasEdge has invested more than £13 million ($16.4 million) to refurbish the site. The new facility is now the city’s first Tier 3 standard data centre and is a regional aggregation hub.

“This is yet another example of us taking a site with existing connectivity, and leveraging our combined expertise to deliver an outstanding new facility which will act as an important regional aggregation hub and support the next wave of growth in digital infrastructure for the surrounding area,” said Giuliano Di Vitantonio, CEO at AtlasEdge.

AtlasEdge said the site has drawn interest from local businesses, multinational platforms, enterprises, and connectivity providers. Cloud technology and data centre services provider, Hardy Fisher Services, has been established as the anchor customer for the site.

EMEA Managing Director at Hardy Fisher Services, David Cusworth, said the infrastructure behind the new Leeds AtlasEdge data centre is ‘game-changing’, highlighting its ability to provide connectivity, security against internal and external risks, and carbon efficiency through its cooling systems.

“We are pleased to be playing an integral part in helping the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to achieve its digital objectives, including supporting businesses to exploit new digital technologies and take advantage of the opportunities for business growth through data,” said Cusworth.

Last year, AtlasEdge secured a £621.1 million ($785 million) finance package in the form of a sustainability-linked loan (SLL). Underwritten by a group of banks led by ING, this loan included sustainability-linked targets for renewable energy usage and data centre efficiency.

The £621.1 million ($785 million) is comprised of £449.7 million ($568 million) in debt financing. The remaining £171.3 million ($216.5 million) is classified as an ‘accordion’, a flexible provision that works like a line of credit or an option to add a term loan.

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Written by Mon 25 Mar 2024

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