Amazon to Build its Seventh European Cloud Computing Centre in Aragon

18 November 2019 – Amazon is set to invest 2.5 billion euros to build its seventh European cloud technology services centre, this time in the Spanish region of Aragon. The American retail giant plans to construct three facilities, called availability zones, with more than 100,000 square meters of surface area, at the Huesca Logistics Platform, in Villanueva de Gállego and El Burgo de Ebro.

Negotiations between Amazon and the Aragon government began more than a year ago through a senior-level working group. The planning application is already at an advanced stage, and the facilities could be operational by 2020.

The sites will host Amazon’s cloud computing services. The availability zones are made up of one or more datacentres equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking. Therefore, the US firm will use the facilities to sell an array of computer services to third parties, including data storage and access to computing power to complete complex calculations.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) expects the project to generate up to 1,500 jobs within ten years, mostly for highly qualified professionals.

Original Story: Heraldo – Chus García

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

HG Inaugurates its First Urban Hotel & Prepares another Vacation Project

15 January 2019 – Alimarket

The chain HG Hoteles has opened the 4-star HG City Suites Barcelona aparthotel containing 58 accommodation units on Avenida Vía Augusta 89, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. The establishment is the result of the purchase and complete renovation of a building that used to house the Hotel NH Belagua (3* and 72 rooms), which was active until March 2017. The renovation project has resulted in both an increase in the category of the property from 3* to 4*, as well as a reduction in the number of rooms in order to offer units that are apartment-suites and studios.

The new HG City Suites Barcelona is located just a few minutes walk from Avenida Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia. It is surrounded by services, is next to some of the most prestigious medical centre in Barcelona, and is very close to the Sant Gervasio, Plaza Molina and Fontana metro stops”, explained the company. With his hotel, HG, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is making its debut in the urban hotel segment and is opening a new path of expansion.

Cristian Park will open in 2020

Nevertheless, the company’s next new property will be in the vacation sector and is scheduled for opening at the end of 2020. As Alimarket Hoteles reported, it will consist of the opening of a 4* new build aparthotel, to be operated by the owner, in the south of Tenerife, where HG Hoteles already has several apartment blocks: ‘HG Cristian Sur’ (3* and 90 rooms) and ‘HG Tenerife’ (3* and 189 rooms), in Los Cristianos. Indeed, it will open the future HG Cristian Park in that same town, with 202 accommodation units.

HG’s sun and beach offer is completed with the HG Lomo Blanco apartments (3* and 131 rooms) in Lanzarote, as well as some aparthotels in Menorca, namely: the ‘HG Jardín de Menorca’ (4*-144) and the ‘HG Cala Llonga’ (3*-30). The rest of its portfolio is made up of ski and mountain properties, including: the Huesca hotels ‘HG Alto Aragón’ (4*-134) and ‘HG Cerler’ (3*-101), the Girona-based ‘HG La Molina’ (4*-65), the Navarran ‘HG Isaba’ (3*-49) and the Granada-based ‘HG Maribel’ (4*-30).

Original story: Alimarket (by Paco Mota)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aragón Sells 555,000 m2 of Logistics Space in 2 Years

15 January 2018 – Inmodiario

The Government of Aragón has sold almost 555,000 m2 of space in Plaza (Zaragoza), Platea (Teruel), Plhus (Huesca) and the Fraga Logistics Platform since the beginning of this legislature.

In the ‘Parque Empresarial Dinamiza’ (the Dinamiza Business Park), from Expo Zaragoza Empresarial, more than 8,900 m2 has been leased during that time. The return to intense activity in terms of their management, their unification under the single ‘Aragón Plataforma Logística’ (‘Aragón Logistics Platform’ or APL) brand and the sales boost have managed to relaunch sales and invigorate the receipt of revenues in the public coffers.

In terms of the marketing of the Aragonese platforms, 355,000 m2 of space has been sold in Plaza over the last two years, which brings the occupancy rate of that Zaragoza-based platform to its current level of 83%. More than 350 companies work in the ‘Plataforma Logísitica de Zaragoza’ (Plaza) and it has become an international benchmark in terms of intermodal connections and high quality.

Meanwhile, the ‘Plataforma de Huesca’ (Plhus) has sold more than 22,100 m2 of space in the last two years, has formalised purchase options for another 3,448m2, and has leased 2,170 m2 of warehouses and plots. Some of the companies that have acquired plots in the last two years include Transportes Callizo, Hierros Alfonso, Audi Seat and Montajes Industriales del Alto Gállego (MIAG). The installations have also witnessed the creation of Gaypu and the manufacturing activity of Pastelerías Ascaso, amongst others.

In the Teruel-based platform, Platea, almost 48,000 m2 of space has been sold over the last two years, purchase options have been signed for almost 45,000 m2 and 4,353 m2 has been leased.

With the purchase by the multinational firm Röchling and the launch of the Ronal Ibérica plant, amongst others, Platea is now a key centre of activity for the automotive auxiliary sector, although the agro-alimentary sector also has a notable presence at the platform. This week, Jamones Albarracín announced that it has purchased plots in the Teruel platform (…).

‘Aragón Plataforma Logística’ was launched in 2017. The President of Aragón himself, Javier Lambán, backed its creation as “a single brand to attract more companies, which will contribute decisively to making logistics a fundamental factor in the economic consolidation of the European market”.

The 500 companies located in the logistics platforms and business park of Expo Zaragoza Empresarial, which form part of APL, employ more than 16,000 people (…). The Government of Aragón regards logistics as a strategic sector in terms of the Executive’s policies (…).

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake