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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

Trust announces joint venture on nuclear bunker

In December 2011, the Comrie Development Trust announced an exciting joint venture to create a data centre at the former nuclear bunker at Cultybraggan Army Camp. This takes their plans for the 96 acres of land at Cultybraggan Army Camp to a whole new level with the prospect of high speed broadband to attract new investors and benefit their community. Alan leads on this projet as volunteer board member of the Trust.

In 2007 the Trust purchased the camp from the MOD using the Land Reform (Scotland) Act and have been busy implementing a long term strategy to bring economic, social, environmental and cultural benefit to their community ever since.

The joint venture with GCI Telecom Group will bring the first high security datacentre with support services to Scotland.  The main objective is to create a datacentre that resembles the capabilities of CentrinetLtd (smartbunker) that the GCi Telecom Group aquired earlier in 2011 in Lincoln. The joint venture also plans to bring high speed broadband to residents and companies within the Comrie area. Wayne Martin, Chairman of GCI Telecom Group explained, "This will bring Comrie and the camp into the national spotlight for a best of breed hosting and diaster recovery centre, along with the camp benefitting from access to high speed broadband only available in key cities within the UK."

The Tust hosted a meeting in September in the Royal Hotel with GCi Telecoms Group, Scottish Development International, Perth & Kinross Council and Keir Construction to explore the project and this gave everyone the confidence to move forward with the joint venture plans.  The Trust are hoping to conclude the legals early in 2012 and the datacentre should be operational in circa 18-24 months.

To read more about the background to the development of the camp and the work of the Trust click here.