NEXTDC kicks off its largest data centre construction in Sydney
Published 26 March 2021
NextDC has started construction of one of its largest data centres, dubbed S3.
It is located in Artarmon on Sydney’s lower North Shore. Besides employing a “hybrid” scheme to support heavy plant and equipment, the structure includes a range of environmentally sustainable design features, according to company officials.
The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022 by the construction company Multiplex, which was involved in establishing NextDC’s 20MW facility in Perth and the 30MW S2 centre in Sydney’s Macquarie Park.
“We’re excited to draw upon our experience building ground-breaking high-rise data centres and help expand NEXTDC’s world-class operation of data centres across Australia,” said Multiplex regional managing director NSW David Ghannoum.
As of 2021, NEXTDC is the only data centre infrastructure solutions provider in Australia to operate at a NABERS 5-Star independently certified rating for energy efficiency, the pinnacle of data centre efficiency ratings from the Australian Government.
The new facility targets 80MW in its IT load, the largest among three centres in Australia. Therefore, NextDC will use a combination of reinforced and post-tensioned concrete and structural steel for lateral support of S3’s structure. The complete facility will cover 34,000 square metres (366,000 sq ft) over eight stories and deliver more than 20,000 square metres (215,000 sq ft) of IT space to organisations and critical local access to the leading public cloud platforms.
Designed by architects Greenbox, S3 will connect with NextDC’s existing S1 and S2 data centres and the rest of NEXTDC’s national footprint. It offers on-site parking, undercover loading dock, customer breakout area, meeting rooms, spare parts, crash carts, and 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) of critical office space, as stated on NextDC’s website.
“S3 will bolster the wider national footprint, ensuring we continue to deliver our customers a 100 per cent uptime advantage, minimise energy consumption and optimise the overall efficiencies we drive for our customers,” the company noted.
Reduced energy consumption cooling system will be one of S3’s key environmental-friendly features, which helps improve operations by optimising efficiency levels.
This is in line with NextDC’s newly launched programme, named NEXTneutral, on March 18. The programme aims to achieve data centre carbon neutrality, the ‘first of its kind’ in the country’s data centre market. Under the programme, NextDC will negate its carbon footprint generated within its data centres by exploiting several ecological projects in Australia.