5Nines to build data centre overlooking Atlantic Link landing site in Northern Ireland
14 March 2017 |
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in Northern Ireland have announced Atlantic Link, the first carrier-neutral enterprise zone and data centre in the area.
Atlantic Link will be built close to the University of Ulster in Coleraine and is the first carrier-neutral enterprise zone and data centre in Northern Ireland. Atlantic Link will be built at a site close to the University of Ulster.
Enterprise zones offer hi-tech businesses tax incentives and simplified planning procedures. For this part of Northern Ireland Atlantic Link presents a significant economic opportunity. It will be built adjacent to where the Project Kelvin transatlantic fibre, which connects the US and UK, comes ashore.
This will be a challenging opportunity for the local council to capitalise on – given that the area is more used to developing the local specialities of tourism and agriculture.
The investor and anchor tenant is 5Nines, a global data centre builder and operator which is preparing to start work on the
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Maura Hickey said: “This is the crucial next step for what we call the ‘Digital Causeway’, attracting new industries and jobs to the region and giving Causeway Coast and Glens a competitive edge which no other site in Northern Ireland can currently offer. I am delighted that the determination and support of Councillors
Coleraine Councillor Trevor Clarke said: “The scheme is worth well in excess of £20m and will create employment at both construction and operational stages. More importantly, it means the North Coast can at last take advantage of Kelvin, the ultra-secure high-speed trans-Atlantic data cable linking Coleraine and Northern Ireland to New York and mainland Europe.”