Macquarie Data Centres starts construction on its latest AI and cloud data centre

Macquarie Data Centre is gearing up for construction on its IC3 Super West data centre, with FDC Construction appointed as the lead contractor.

Designed for intensive cloud computing and AI tasks, IC3 Super West will offer advanced air and liquid cooling systems.

The facility is the third addition to the provider’s flagship Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus in Sydney’s North Zone, playing a pivotal role in the company’s ambitious expansion plans to meet escalating demand from hyperscale, government, and enterprise clients.

David Hirst, Macquarie Data Centres group executive said, sovereign AI and cloud data centres are the backbone of Australia’s AI-driven future.

“Like all Macquarie Data Centres facilities, IC3 Super West will be certified strategic by the Australian Federal Government,” he added. “This gives our data centres a strong compliance posture as regulations around data sovereignty and AI continue to tighten in Australia and worldwide.”

IC3 Super West will offer customers AI densities, resilient data halls, dedicated office space, and storage, said Hirst. He noted the large-scale project is expected to bring more than 1,200 jobs to the region.

“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.”

The construction cost will be approximately $350 million from FY25 to the practical completion of Phase 1, which will deliver the powered core and shell and 6MW of IT load fitted out.

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