Polaris has revealed plans to begin work on a new $200 million Victoria Data Centre facility in July.
Springfield Land Corporation, in conjunction with its development partner John Fewster’s One Zero Australia will deliver the project.
Springfield Land Corporation managing director, Bob Sharpless, said the facility would be built on a 1.2 hectare greenfields site in Derimut, near Sunshine in Western Melbourne.
“This major project is a boost for Western Melbourne and one which the Brimbank City Council is well behind. It will help to create a host of employment opportunities for that area,” Sharpless said.
“In addition, it will also attract a great deal of interest throughout the Asia Pacific Rim. The Polaris Victoria Data Centre will be one of the most advanced purpose-built facilities of its type in the world.”
Polaris Victoria will be a five-storey information hub contained within a 14,000 sqm building, delivering 7000 sqm of raised floor technical area. It will be built to accommodate IT loads of up to 10 megawatts and provide point solutions for racks up to 60 kilowatts.
Security features include biometric fingerprint scanners, bullet-proof glass and man traps.
It aims to be the greenest data centre in Australia.
“Polaris Victoria has been designed as a primary and secondary facility and will act as a disaster recovery site, internet data centre and carrier interconnect exchange,” he said.
“It will not only protect Melbourne’s key IT infrastructure services, it will also host mission-critical ICT systems for corporate enterprises and Government departments.”
Sharpless indicated the first Polaris building, in Springfield Queensland, was nearing capacity after securing tenants such as NBN Co and AAPT in recent months.
He said the Melbourne project received interest from overseas investors and is in the advanced stages of negotiations with anchor tenants.
“We will be announcing these tenants in the coming weeks but similar to the first Polaris Data Centre in Springfield, Queensland, this new Melbourne version will play host to some of the world’s biggest organisations,” he said.