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23 June, 2022 - 12:59 By Tony Quested

Camro Data Park to target global tech after securing £9.25m backing

Development of a significant new 700,000 sq ft data centre campus in Sutton, Cambridgeshire – targeting the local cluster of global technology players, is being fast-tracked after the site’s owners agreed a new funding package.

Sol Zakay’s privately owned property investment company, Topland Group, has agreed to refinance Camro Data Park on behalf of owners Lasercharm through a £9.25 million, two-year facility from its structured finance division.

The 43-acre park has outline planning permission for a new data centre facility that would be among the biggest in the UK.

Lasercharm will now seek detailed consent before marketing the site to a specialist developer, occupier-developer or cloud service provider during the term of this new loan.

A few years ago Business Weekly worked with Camro in a bid to woo Apple to the site. Apple was looking at a number of European venues and with the help of Cambridge entrepreneurs Business Weekly persuaded the UK Government to talk to the US tech giant. 

Nothing materialised and we repeated the process a couple of years later with the same result. Apple sources said the UK would not make any tax concessions that may have helped move a deal forwards.

The economic payback from the success of this centre is potentially massive for Cambridgeshire and the UK.

Located in the heart of the UK’s so-called Golden Triangle between Cambridge, Oxford and London, the site is ideally situated to capitalise on the thriving technology clusters based in the region, as well as providing large scale capacity for technology communities of interest. 

With the ever-increasing shortage of power in London, this location will prove to be a key data centre growth area.

The topography of the site and local climate conditions allows a data centre to operate efficiently with minimal use of energy for cooling systems. With ESG being a key consideration for all potential data centre occupiers, this efficiency will feed perfectly into the current design narrative.

Topland Group says it has further additional capital to deploy in the UK’s fast growing data centre land acquisition and development markets.

Anish Vora of Topland Group said: “Camro Data Park has the potential to become one of the largest data centre sites in the UK. It’s got an exciting future and with an ever-growing demand for data storage, we are pleased to have helped bring it one step closer through our senior facility.

“This is another example of our ability to provide funding across all real estate asset classes.”

The deal was arranged by Philip Kay at Arc and Co. Lawyers Andrew Parsons and Nick Simpson at Osborne Clarke advised Topland Group.

Philip Kay, senior asset finance adviser at Arc and Co., said: “I’m delighted to have worked with Topland on this transaction. Their approach was commercial and methodical and I’m excited to follow the partnership with Lasercharm over the next couple of years.” 

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