Construction workers have broken ground on a new facility in Truganina, Melbourne, which is set to house a 72-megawatt hyperscale facility made up of two 36-megawatt diverse buildings and 18 data halls.
Hickory Data Centres acquired the site in early 2021, and intends for the facility to meet the specific design, scale and security requirements of major cloud and content providers with availability from Q4 2022.
The sod-turning comes as Hickory Data Centres announced the expansion of its portfolio across Australia with sites now acquired to deliver in excess of 100MW to market across two hyperscale data centre locations. Upon full completion of each facility, it will constitute a $1.1 billion investment into the Australian market.
Hickory Data Centres has also acquired a 24,000 square metre site in Canberra, with plans to build a 28-megawatt hyperscale data centre. The data centre will be designed to a security level of SCEC4 or higher, and include 4000 square metres of office and storage space.
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Hickory Data Centres Chief Executive Officer Joel O’Halloran said the company is thrilled to be breaking ground at the Truganina site
“These locations will bring substantial capacity to the growing Australian market, with Melbourne one of the hottest markets in the world right now for data centre investment,” O’Halloran said.
“While Canberra has an established market, it is still quite narrow in terms of supply.
“Changing customer dynamics have also increased opportunity in the state, with buying patterns shifting.”
Structure Research Head of Research Jabez Tan said at present, Melbourne has relatively limited options for hyperscale data centre capacity compared to Sydney.
“Melbourne is projected to see a meaningful uptick in hyperscale demand as both Google and AWS have recently announced new cloud regions.”
Hickory Data Centres launched in early 2021 as a business division of Hickory, a property development and construction company in Australia.