Australia’s Stockland real estate to build first data centre in Sydney

Australian real estate developer Stockland is set to build its first data centre in Sydney.

The real estate firm confirmed that it has “obtained SSDA approval for the construction and operation of [its] data centre at M_Park”, located in Sydney’s tech hub of Macquarie Park.

An SSDA approval, or a State Significant Development approval, are projects that are given the green light by the New South Wales state government on account of their economic value.

According to Australian media reports, the new Sydney data centre will be a five-story facility, taking up 6,300 square metres of data halls and 3,125 square metres of office space.

The facility will also have ten diesel generators and underground tanks that will be able to store 360,000 litres of fuel.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September this year, and is slated for completion in March 2023.

Data Centres are fast growing in the ANZ region

Stockland is not the only organisation that is pouring in investments into the data centre industry in the ANZ region. DCI Data Centres, a portfolio data centre company managed by Canadian firm Brookefield Asset Management, has recently also purchased land to set up a new data centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

DCI to purchase land for new data centre in New Zealand

DCI Data Centers (“DCI”) has announced that it will purchase a piece of land in Auckland, New Zealand for the construction of a major new data centre in the country.

The Asia-Pacific data centre operator revealed that it has been granted permission from New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office (OIO) to establish its presence in the country with a brand new data centre.

Malcolm Roe, CEO of DCI for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), said that the company is “delighted” to be kicking off its cloud programme in New Zealand as the facilities will accelerate the adoption of cloud services, which is critical for enabling growth across all sectors of the economy.

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“The site is the first step for us in New Zealand and we are currently finalising selection of further sites to meet strong demand,” Mr. Roe continued.

The data centre will be named DCI AKL01 and will be located in Westgate, northwest of Auckland. DCI has also lodged a resource consent application with the Auckland Council for the facility. 

Auckland Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore welcomed the news.

“I am really pleased to see commercial developments ramping up at Westgate. Regional employment and commercial activities based around the whole of Auckland is a critical regional growth factor,” he added.

Founded in 2015, DCI currently has two data centres in the ANZ region, one in Sydney and one in Adelaide. The company also recently announced that it will build a $70 million energy efficient data centre in the state of South Australia.

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