Engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon and architecture firm Warren and Mahoney have submitted an application to the City of Sydney for a $91 million data centre in Sydney’s inner south.
Located at 506-518 Gardeners Road, Alexandria, the centre will occupy a 25,780sq m site to be delivered in two stages pending approval.
Appointed to control the Gardeners Road facility is tech company Equinix, who currently operates more than 180 data centres across five continents, accommodating over 9,500 companies worldwide.
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The proposed data centre is not the only Equinix-controlled facility – it would be joining the company’s Sydney-based operations at Bourke Road, Alexandria and Gardeners Road in Mascot.
The Sydney facilities are located in close proximity to each other, enabling better interconnectivity to Sydney’s south.
The proposed building consists of two floors of high-tech industrial storage in the form of colocation halls for ICT equipment, four floors of flexible and permanent office space for customers, clients and employees and multi-purpose high security meeting spaces.
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Data centres are becoming a much more prominent piece of urban infrastructure as the proliferation of data drives the global internet ecosystem. Not long after Aurecon submitted their application, Indian tech giant Freshworks nominated Sydney as the chosen destination for their first APAC data centre.
Joining Virginia, Dublin and Frankfurt, Australia would house Freshworks fourth data centre.