Macquarie Data Centres announces new Sydney North data centre

Macquarie Data Centres, part of Macquarie Telecom Group announced plans to build 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’ cyber security infrastructure and capabilities.

Macquarie Data Centres’ project status

Macquarie has commenced a State Significant Development Application process to build the 32-megawatt (MW) IT load facility in the Sydney North Zone at the Macquarie Park Data Centre.

The facility will be the largest 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.

Macquarie Telecom Group is anticipating the project to create more than 1,200 employment opportunities in construction, engineering, cybersecurity, and other fields.

Macquire expects to complete construction of Phase 1 of IC3 Super West in the second half of 2023, subject to Board approvals, and planning permission is expected in early 2022.

Macquarie Telecom Group CEO, David Tudehope said, “This data centre will attract new investment into Australia from multinationals looking to expand in the Asia Pacific region.”

“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.”

Macquarie Data Centres’ project compliance ability

IC3 Super West is designed to achieve Security Construction and Equipment Committee (SCEC) Zone 4 or higher security, ISO 27001 and SOC 2, PCI DSS 3.2, ISO 45001, ISO 14001, 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.

Macquarie Data Centres Group Executive, David Hirst said, “This global scale data centre will be one of the most certified facilities in the region.”

“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 successful, on-time and on-budget 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 1,600 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 early 2022.