European colocation provider Telecity Group (LON:TCY, news, filings) hit the acquisition trail this morning, announcing the purchase of UK Grid for £11.7M. UK Grid operates over 50,000 square feet of carrier neutral colo space spread across three data centers in Manchester, which lies few hundred kilometers to the northwest of London.
They already have three locations in Manchester, totalling about 36,000 square feet with a fourth under construction and due to open soon. So this deal will more than double their current presence, with the potential for additional expansion. Both Telecity and UK Grid operate space at Synergy house, increasing the combined company's depth there. The limiting factor these days is often power though, so rather than square feet (or meters), the announcement lists instead the 1.5 megawatts that will be added to Telecity's current capacity. They have another 3.5 megawatts of capacity coming online with that soon to be completed facility.
Telecity's Manchester presence has been constrained for some time, according to material on their website. Apparently organic expansion alone wasn't sufficient to meet that demand.