High-tech Newport building becomes home to IBM, Nokia and BT

A Newport building owned by the Welsh Government has been turned into a contemporary hub for some of the world’s largest technology companies.

Originally designed for wafer fabrication production, the 750,000 sq feet site remained empty for many years. But the Welsh Government teamed up with Next Generation Data to modernise the facility.

Since being turned into a high-tech data centre, the building has become home to household brands such as IBM, Nokia and BT. They’re using it to power services for customers globally.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “This building is a real success story for both NGD and Welsh Government, having turned an unlettable building into something really quite special and economically successful.

“Working alongside Next Generation Data, this is now the site of a state of the art data centre which offers the capabilities and flexibility to meet the specific needs of its customers with great space, power and cooling capacities.  For customers, big and small, this means the site offer optimum scale economies, expansive customer facilities and great capacity for growth.

“To now see it home to some of the finest tech and IT providers in the world, with more in the pipeline, is fantastic and bodes incredibly well as we look to ensure our economy is equipped with the technology and innovation needed to ensure our continued growth and prosperity.”

Headquartered in Duffryn, Next Generation Data provides a range of cloud hosting, private data halls and colocation services. It also operates Europe’s largest and most secure data centre in the Welsh city.

Justin Jenkins, managing director of NDG, said his company always benefited from the support of the Welsh Government. In particular, it’s helped to redevelop the former semiconductor plant.

He commented: “Over the years NGD has invested millions of pounds – with over £40 Million just this year – into transforming the facility into Europe’s largest data centre, successfully attracting some of the world’s largest companies into the region.

“At the same time, we provide employment as well as regular work for hundreds of contractors while also serving the IT needs of a growing number of fast-growing local businesses.”