Macquarie Data Centres Announces New Sydney North Facility
Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, has announced a new data centre at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney. Intellicentre 3 Super West will be designed, constructed and operated to meet the needs of corporate, government and multi-national customers and enhance New South Wales’ cybersecurity infrastructure and capabilities.
Macquarie has commenced a State Significant Development Application process today to build the 32-megawatt (MW) IT load facility. Located in the Sydney North Zone at the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus the new facility will be the largest data centre on the campus, bringing the total IT load of the campus to 50MW. Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West is designed to seamlessly interconnect with IC3 East.
The company expects the project to create more than 1,200 jobs in construction, engineering, cybersecurity, and other fields. It expects to complete construction of Phase 1 of IC3 Super West in the second half of calendar year 2023, subject to final Board approvals, with planning permission expected to be granted in early 2022.
“This data centre will attract new investment into Australia from multinationals looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region,” said Macquarie Telecom Group CEO David Tudehope. “The NSW digital economy is rapidly growing, and this project will create world-class infrastructure and valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cyber security sector.”
IC3 Super West is designed to achieve Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) Zone 4 or higher security, ISO 27001 and SOC 2 (information security), PCI DSS 3.2, ISO 45001(occupational health and safety), ISO 14001 (environmental management), and a host of other security, safety and efficiency standards.
The Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus will also be the home of the Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence with an integrated mix of leading edge physical and virtual infrastructure designed to monitor and manage cybersecurity events. The 24/7 centre with be monitored by trained engineers equipped with the latest tools. The infrastructure and personnel will be housed in IC3 Super West offering a truly Australian sovereign solution to the growing cyber security threats. This will provide vital skills development to the in-demand sector, which needs around 18,000 new workers in Australia by 2026 according to AustCyber.
“This global scale data centre will be one of the most certified facilities in the region,” said Macquarie Data Centres Group Executive, David Hirst. “Data is growing exponentially, and we have demonstrated time and time again our ability to deliver infrastructure to meet that growth. Our data centres are sovereign, secure and certified to manage Australia’s most important data and drive the digital economy.”
The announcement follows the completion of Macquarie’s IC5 Bunker facility in Canberra, and the IC3 East (Phase 1) facility at its Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus located in Sydney’s North Zone – a circa $100 million plus investment which has brought over 1600 jobs to Sydney and Canberra during the pandemic.
The company’s data centre services have been in high demand, with circa 10MW IT load contracted with a leading global corporation at the Macquarie Park Campus in November 2020, with the fit out works in relation to that contract tracking well for completion in late 2021, early 2022.
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