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HFD invests in Fortis data centre after buyout

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HFD Group, owner of DataVita, Scotland’s largest data centre and multi-cloud services provider, has acquired the Fortis facility in Lanarkshire from a syndicate of private investors.

Fortis is the largest and only data centre of its kind in Scotland, supporting critical IT services for an estimated two million people across the country.

HFD, the commercial property and investment company, is investing £45 million, which includes the undisclosed purchase price.

DataVita has operated the data centre since 2016 and was the facility’s first occupier, providing data centre and cloud services to businesses and public sector organisations.

The purchase will also support DataVita’s drive to enhance the data centre’s green credentials. Earlier this year, DataVita became the first Scottish IT company to sign the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact and announced plans to take the facility off-grid, generating its own electricity from wind and battery-powered back-up systems.

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