TeleCity founder launches new data business

THE founder of TeleCity has launched a new data centre firm from premises at Salford Quays.

Mike Kelly, who set up TeleCity in 1998, has taken 32,000 sq ft at Michigan Park next to MediaCityUK on a 15-year lease for his new business Datacentred.

The site, which is owned by Peel Group, was previously occupied by Japanese electronics group Fujitsu.

DataCentred provides data centre, computing and cloud computing services to public and private sector organisations. Data centres store racks of computer servers in a controlled environment.

There has been significant investment in the Manchester data market in recent years. TeleCity operates from Joule House in Trafford Park where UKFast has recently set up its own centres. Meanwhile ANS Group is launching its first data centre at east Manchester’s Sharp Project and Melbourne is active at Manchester Science Park.

Peel property manager Simon Lovegrove said: “We are delighted that DataCentred seized the opportunity to take forward the existing data centre facility at Michigan Park.”

Mark Canning of Canning O’Neill acted for DataCentred, while Ruper Barron of Colliers International acted on behalf of Peel Properties and Fujitsu.

Mr Barron said: “There was strong interest in this building because it was a well-maintained, operational data centre which therefore removed the need for substantial capital expenditure on fitting out by any new occupier.

“On-going demand for data centres from the technology, media and telecoms sector because of the growth in cloud computing and the ever increasing need for data storage capacity, ensured a swift letting of the premises.”