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Savills launches EMEA data centre advisory team

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Savills has launched its EMEA data centre advisory team, headed by former Digital Realty exec Scott Newcombe.

Based at the firm’s Margaret Street head office in London, UK, the new team will form part of the growing EMEA industrial and logistics services portfolio but offer dedicated services positioned for the specialist real estate and infrastructure.

Marcus de Minckwitz, EMEA head of industrial and logistics at Savills, adds: “The data centre market is a phenomenal growth area for the real estate market, but it is also very specialised, for this reason we are delighted to welcome Scott to Savills in order to lead this new team.

"His experience and background as a true data centre expert working for some of the world’s leading owners and operators brings a new and unique perspective to real estate consultancy in this market, which we look forward to offering to Clients," he added.

Heading the new team, Newcombe brings more than 30 years of experience across IT and data centres and joined Savills from Interxion, A Digital Realty company, where held the role of international sales director.

He has also worked for Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Infinity and Colt DCS.

Commenting on his new role he said: “I am excited to be joining Savills at such a pivotal time for the sector. The pandemic has proven the critical importance of online infrastructure and this, coupled with the continued development of 5G, terrestrial and subsea networks across Europe has created significantly more demand for data centres in both established and emerging markets. I very much look forward to spearheading this new team and harnessing expertise from across the business to help provide clients with the best possible offer.”

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