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FDC Construction awarded $350 million Sydney data centre project

FDC Construction awarded $350 million Sydney data centre project

Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Technology Group, has commenced construction on its IC3 Super West data centre, appointing FDC Construction (FDC) as the main building contractor. The project aims to bring more sovereign artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud data centre capacity to Sydney.

IC3 Super West is being purpose built for high-density cloud and AI workloads, including hybrid air and liquid cooling options. It is the third and largest facility in the provider’s flagship Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney’s North Zone, expanding the campus’s total IT load to 63 megawatts (MW). The facility will launch with all end-state power secured.

The new development is a key part of Macquarie Data Centres’ strategy to meet the growing demand for capacity from hyperscale, government and enterprise customers.

David Hirst, group executive of Macquarie Data Centres, emphasised the critical role of sovereign AI and cloud data centres in Australia’s AI-driven future.

“Like all of Macquarie Data Centres’ facilities, IC3 Super West will be Certified Strategic by the Australian Federal Government,” said Hirst. “This gives our data centres a strong compliance posture as regulations around data sovereignty and AI continue to tighten in Australia and worldwide.”

“This partnership brings together two Australian powerhouses with extensive experience in constructing state-of-the-art, mission critical facilities.”

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IC3 Super West is the seventh project between FDC and Macquarie Data Centres, reinforcing their longstanding partnership. Their most recent collaboration was IC3 East, which was delivered on time and within budget.

Ben Cottle, founder of FDC Construction, said: “Our longstanding partnership with Macquarie Data Centres is testament to the trust and collaboration that exists between both organisations.”

“With the rapid adoption of AI resulting in increased demand for data centres, FDC’s team of experts continue to be at the forefront of delivering scalable, energy-efficient facilities like IC3 Super West that can support the ever-evolving demands of Macquarie Data Centres’ customers.”

IC3 Super West will feature high AI densities, resilient data halls, dedicated office space and storage. The large-scale project is expected to create over 1,200 jobs in the region. The construction cost will be approximately $350 million from FY25 to the practical completion of Phase 1, which will deliver the powered core and shell, as well as 6MW of IT load fitted out.

“The widespread adoption of AI is fuelling a new wave of next generation AI infrastructure and GPUs from tech giants such as Dell and Nvidia,” said Hirst. “These highly dense compute technologies can only live in purpose-built data centres that meet their significant power and cooling requirements. IC3 Super West is being built to cater to this rising demand here in Australia.”

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