CyrusOne: French court reverses injunction against CyrusOne's Paris data center construction

Jul 04, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

To obtain planning approvals for a data center in Paris, France, CyrusOne had to fight a legal battle. The Versailles Administrative Court overturned the local mayor's orders to prevent the issuance of two building permits. The company intends to convert a former logistics facility in the Villemilan de Wissous industrial zone into a data center. The mayor of this city refused to issue permits for construction for the conversion of the building into a data center and expansion of the site's capacity.

The administrative court of Versailles annulled the mayor's decrees on June 27, determining that the refusal to issue building permits "was irregular." The court determined that the development would not affect the adjacent area, wouldn't jeopardize public health or safety, and could require building permits for future expansions. The property at 1 Boulevard Arago was formerly owned by the transportation and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel. According to quarterly earnings reports for the fourth quarter of 2020, CyrusOne signed a 25-year lease on a 13-acre site in Paris and an agreement to deliver a fully pre-leased data center.

CyrusOne intends to construct an 83MW data center with approximately 161,460 sq ft of technical space. Filings indicate that at least a portion of the site, data hall 1, is presently constructed and occupied by AWS. The corporation intends to install a waste heat recovery system during phases two and three of construction.