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Press Release -- June 12th, 2024
Source: macquarie-telecom-group

Macquarie Data Centres starts construction on its AI and Cloud data centre in Sydney

FDC Construction has been appointed the main build contractor for Macquarie Data Centres newest facility, IC3 Super West 

Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Technology Group (ASX: MAQ) has started construction on its IC3 Super West data centre after appointing prominent Australian construction company, FDC Construction (FDC) as the main building contractor. The project will bring more sovereign 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. The facility is the third and largest addition to the provider’s flagship Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney’s North Zone and will bring the total campus IT load up to 63 megawatts (MW). IC3 Super West will open its doors with all end state power secured.

The new build is part of Macquarie Data Centres’ wider expansion strategy to meet the increase in demand for capacity from its hyperscale, government and enterprise customers.

David Hirst, Group Executive of Macquarie Data Centres, says:

“Sovereign AI and cloud data centres are the backbone of Australia’s AI-driven future. Like all of Macquarie Data Centres’ facilities, IC3 Super West will be Certified Strategic by the Australian Federal Government. 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.”

IC3 Super West marks the seventh project between FDC and Macquarie Data Centres, reinforcing the companies’ longstanding partnership. Their most recent project was IC3 East, the previous addition to the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus, which was delivered on time and on budget.

Ben Cottle, Founder, FDC Construction, says:

“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 offer customers AI densities, resilient data halls, dedicated office space and storage. The large-scale project is expected to bring more than 1,200 jobs to the region. The construction cost will be circa $350 million from FY25 to 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 fueling a new wave of next generation AI infrastructure and GPUs from tech giants such as Dell and Nvidia,” added 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.”


About Macquarie Data Centres

Macquarie Data Centres is Australia’s most trusted data centre provider. They house and protect the data for the world’s biggest hyperscalers, Global Fortune 500 companies and 42% of the Australian Federal Government. Part of the ASX-listed Macquarie Technology Group, they have been successfully building and operating data centres in Australia for over 20 years.

Macquarie Data Centres currently owns and operates three data centres campuses, two in Sydney and one in Canberra, all of which are Certified Strategic by the Australian Government. Offering the confidence of a 100% uptime guarantee, their Tier III data centres provide the highest levels of security, sovereignty, service and compliance for their customers.

About FDC 

FDC is a leading building delivery partner across Australia with an annual turnover of circa $1.5 billion. They employ over 600 people, hold a reputable client and project delivery reputation and have an industry-leading NPS rate of 75. FDC stands at the forefront of data centre construction in Australia with over 35 completed data centre projects nationwide, totaling $2 billion in project value. FDC’s commitment to excellence is evident through the 120+ Master Builder Association awards they have received for construction excellence.

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