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Macquarie breaks ground on AI & cloud facility in Sydney

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Macquarie Data Centres has commenced the construction of its new IC3 Super West data centre in Sydney, appointing FDC Construction as the main contractor for the project.

IC3 Super West is designed to support high-density cloud and AI workloads, and will utilise hybrid air and liquid cooling systems. This development is the largest addition to the Macquarie Park Data Centre Campus, located in Sydney’s North Zone, and will increase the campus’ total IT load to 63 MW.

IC3 Super West will be the seventh collaborative project between Macquarie and FDC Construction, following the completion of IC3 East. Ben Cottle, Founder of FDC Construction, said, “Our longstanding partnership with Macquarie Data Centres is testament to the trust and collaboration that exists between both organisations. With the rapid adoption of AI resulting in increased demand for data centres, FDC’s team of experts continue to be at the forefront of delivering scalable, energy-efficient facilities like IC3 Super West that can support the ever-evolving demands of Macquarie Data Centres’ customers.”

The IC3 Super West project is expected to generate over 1,200 jobs in the region and will cost approximately $350 million upon practical completion of on the first phase, which includes the powered core and shell, as well as 6 MW of IT load.

“Sovereign AI and cloud data centres are the backbone of Australia’s AI-driven future. Like all of Macquarie Data Centres’ facilities, IC3 Super West will be Certified Strategic by the Australian Federal Government. This gives our data centres a strong compliance posture as regulations around data sovereignty and AI continue to tighten in Australia and worldwide,” said David Hirst, Group Executive of Macquarie Data Centres.

He added, “The widespread adoption of AI is fuelling a new wave of next-generation AI infrastructure and GPUs from tech giants such as Dell and Nvidia. 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.”

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