The huge former Ford engine plant site in Bridgend has a new owner

An aerial view of the Ford plant site
The now-closed Ford site in Brigend -Credit:Getty Images

The huge former Ford engine plant in Bridgend has been acquired by a US data centre company, it can be exclusively revealed. As part of an expansion strategy Vantage Data Centers, which already operates two data centres in Cardiff, has confirmed its acquisition of the engine plant that extends to 1.7m sq ft.

The total land site covers just over 158 acres. The exact value of what is a multi-million-pound deal has not been disclosed.

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Data centres are used by companies and organisations to store, process, and manage large amounts of data. Ford ceased production at the factory in 2020 after 40 years. The freehold interest in the site was being marketed on behalf of the automotive giant by property advisory firm CBRE.

The site benefits from an existing connection to the National Grid. While data centres use a huge amount of energy there is potential for renewable energy investment at the Ford site – a green strategy that Vantage has pursued at its existing and expanding data centre campus in Cardiff.

In a statement the company said: "Vantage has acquired the former Ford engine plant in Bridgend for a future long-term development. As a business established in Wales since 2007 Vantage is excited by this expansion opportunity and looks forward to continuing our engagement with the Welsh and local governments creating a positive impact on the local and broader economy and workforce." Vantage said at this point in time is was unable to provide further information about this project.

Last year Denver-headquartered Vantage expanded its Cardiff data centre campus – one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. The US provider of hyperscale data centres completed a 12WM (megawatt) first phase of a second 40 MW facility – known as Vantage CWL 13 which will be developed out subject to customer demand.

It also has plans for a third data centre investment at its 46-acre campus in the Wentloog area of the capital. Once fully developed the site will provide 186,000 sq ft of 184 MW data centre facilities.