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Jones Lang LaSalle advises on first phase of 34,000 sq ft Liverpool data centre 

Liverpool project and development services team advises Space Northwest on AIMES expansion


Liverpool, November 2012 – Jones Lang LaSalle has advised on the completion of the first phase of AIMES Grid Services’ new 35,000 sq ft data centre at Liverpool Innovation Park (LIP).

 

The firm’s project and development services team acted for LIP landlord Ashtenne/Space Northwest – a joint venture between Ashtenne Industrial Fund and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) – as part of a team of consultants working with AIMES to bring the complex project to fruition.

 

Practical completion has now been reached on the first phase of the development, which has seen the complete remodelling and fit-out of part of the ground floor of Kilby House, at the site located on Edge Lane.
 
The project required a significant upgrade to the LIP’s electrical infrastructure to enable the centre to have 1.5 megawatt capabilities. The data centre boasts an innovative highly energy efficient cooling system that will eventually save 3,000 tonnes of CO2 a year whilst delivering competitive cost advantages to AIMES clients.
 
AIMES has been based at Liverpool Innovation Park since 2007 and agreed a deal with Space Northwest to take the whole of Kilby House in March 2012 in order to create the new data centre facility.
 
Tony Bostock, director in Jones Lang LaSalle’s property and development services team, said: “Space Northwest’s enthusiasm for technology companies has helped to ensure that AIMES has the space and ability to expand without the need to relocate. Phase one has been a highly technical project which has delivered infrastructure benefits which will be felt across the whole of Liverpool Innovation Park.”
 
Michael Walker, programme director at AIMES, added: “Jones Lang LaSalle became an integral part of the team and we’ve valued their sound counsel throughout the development. The new data centre is putting Liverpool at the forefront of energy efficient digital provision in the UK and making LIP an attractive destination for hosting of digital infrastructure.”
 
Emily Armstrong regional manager of Ashtenne /Space Northwest, said: “The data centre is a significant asset for Liverpool Innovation Park providing state of the art data services, many of which are utilised by the tenants on the site.
 
Jones Lang LaSalle has been an integral part of the team providing Ashtenne/Space Northwest with excellent advice and guidance during the project.”
 
AIMES provides date centre and cloud computing services to businesses from across a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, automotive, healthcare and the digital and creative sectors.
 

 

The new data centre has been designed and built by Keysource and AIMES was advised by Hill Dickinson, Todd and Ledson and Ridge.