Australian-owned and operated company Hickory Data Centres has broken ground on its Truganina site in Melbourne, which is set to house a 72-megawatt hyperscale facility made up of two 36-megawatt diverse buildings and 18 data halls.
The sod-turning comes as the company announced the expansion of its portfolio across Australia with sites now acquired to deliver more than 100 megawatts to market across two hyperscale data centre locations.
Upon full completion of each facility, it will constitute a $1.1 billion investment into the Australian market.
The Truganina site was acquired in early 2021, with the data centre intended to meet the specific design, scale and security requirements of major cloud and content providers with availability from quarter four 2022.
Hickory Data Centres has also acquired a 24,000-square-kilometre site in Canberra, with plans to build a 28-megawatt hyperscale data centre.
The data centre will be designed to a security level of SCEC4 or higher and include 4,000 square metres of office and storage space.
Hickory Data Centres launched in early 2021 as a business division of Hickory, an established and diversified property development and construction company in Australia.
It has since been quick to market with the acquisition of the two sites with plans to build additional sites to the portfolio.
Hickory Data Centres chief executive officer Joel O’Halloran said: “We are thrilled to be breaking ground on our Truganina site in Melbourne as the strategic expansion of Hickory Data Centres comes to fruition.
“These locations will bring substantial capacity to the growing Australian market, with Melbourne one of the hottest markets in the world right now for data centre investment.”
According to a 2021 report by Structure Research, Melbourne’s data centre market is expected to reach US$1.1 billion by 2026 with a 20.6 per cent compound annual growth rate specific to hyperscale.
Structure Research head of research Jabez Tan said Melbourne at present had relatively limited options for hyperscale data centre capacity compared to Sydney.
Tan added: “Melbourne is projected to see a meaningful uptick in hyperscale demand as both Google and AWS have recently announced new cloud regions.”
Hickory Data Centres offers a unique approach to its facilities, with a vertically integrated model as both a construction business and data centre service provider, which allows the company to develop, build, and operate purpose-built hyperscale data centres on behalf of major global clients.