Airtrunk is expanding its cloud-based infrastructure with plans to build a $472 million data centre in Sydney’s west, next to the Raging Waters theme park.
The 24-hour Augusta Street data centre will be built over four levels containing 16 data halls, a rooftop plant and equipment, two electrical substations, diesel generators, ancillary offices and 101 car parks.
Plans for 23.14-hectare vacant block in Blacktown are on exhibition as a state-significant development until 26 October.
If approved, Airtrunk will construct a 31-metre-high facility in three stages, creating a centre with 161,730sq m of floor space including a 10,112sq m office.
There will be landscaping across 3,710sq m of the site which will be visible to drivers on the Great Western Highway and M4 Motorway.
Airtrunk is rapidly expanding through the Asia-Pacifiic region and recently announced plans to build one of the largest data centres in Asia, the 300-plus megawatt hyperscale data centre campus in Tokyo.
Following the delivery of centres in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets this year purchased an 88 per cent stake in the tech company worth $3 billion.
The tech company has three existing facilities in Australia: MEL1 and SYD1 which opened in late 2017, as well as the SYD2 facility which was launched late last year.
According to the development application for SYD3 in Blacktown, the new facility will support information technology infrastructure across New South Wales.
“The storage of cloud and electronic data is now a fundamental piece of infrastructure and services for both business and consumer transactions,” the planning documents state.
“Data centres are considered to be critical infrastructure, that not only provide employment-generating opportunities within the information, communication and technology sector, but also support the operation of business to business and business to consumer services.”
There is a further development application running concurrently on the site by Airtrunk to subdivide the block into four lots.
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