Digital Realty Trust turns soil at Melbourne data centre sites

Construction expected to provide $365 million boost in Victoria

Data centre provider, Digital Realty Trust, has begun preparing a 30,250 square metre property in the Paramount Park Industrial Complex in Melbourne for its two facilities which are expected to contribute up to $365 million to the Victorian economy.

The planned 5000 square metre facility will be completed in 2013, while a second project at the site is under way to support the development of four 1440 kW performance optimised data centres (PODs).

Digital Realty Asia Pacific regional head, Kris Kumar, said in a statement that in addition to the forecasted $365 million economic boost, 220 direct jobs in the construction and operations phases will be created along with more than 450 additional indirect jobs in the region.

Once completed, the facility will employ up to 33 staff. The first customer to sign a long-term lease was National Australia Bank (NAB) in Q4, 2011.

In addition, Digital Realty has acquired a 3.48 hectare development site in Sydney, for a purchase price of $10.7 million. The site, located in Erskine Park, is capable of supporting 18,600 square metres of data centre development with over 11.5 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

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