Microsoft Reveals Plans for a Six Storey Data Centre on Mowbray Road Lane Cove North

Microsoft is planning a six-storey, $141 million data centre, at  706 Mowbray Road Lane Cove North.  The property was acquired for $63m from VIMG (Vic Investments Management Group).

The 1.7ha property comprises a multi-tenanted office warehouse building with three floors of office space, rear warehouse units and undercover and external car parking spaces.  The site is currently known as Media and Technology Park.  If the plans are approved, the existing building will be demolished.

Why Construct a Data Centre?

With the absolute rush of people moving to the cloud due to coronavirus, cloud providers are seeing 50-100 per cent capacity spike already and are expecting 100-200 per cent increase in cloud data storage in the near term.

The proposed Data Centre will operate on a 24/7 basis over six (6) levels (including a basement level), comprising 14 data halls, 16 electrical substations, one (1) diesel fuel storage tanks, plant and equipment.

Construction jobs are expected to be in the order of approximately 300, whilst operational jobs would be expected to exceed approximately 50 future staff (which includes maintenance contractors).

The Lane Cove site is situated about 500m from the large AirTrunk Data Centre being developed in the Lane Cove Business Park.

Microsoft is Seeking a Building Height Variation

The current planning instrument sets a maximum building height of approximately 18 m pursuant to LCLEP2009.  The developers seek a variation to the planning instrument to permit them to construct a building that will be approximately 38 m high.

An initial meeting has been held to discuss the proposal with Lane Cove Council, and the first documents have been lodged with the Department of Planning as a state significant development.

The documentation has referred to possible noise mitigation measures to address noise impacts from operating plants and equipment.  The other side of Mowbray Road is residential.

Support ITC and Advertise With Us

Not all of the businesses noted above advertise with In the Cove – we like to give all businesses a free shout out when they start out.  However, we are so grateful for those businesses who become part of the ITC Business Community.  Without their support, we could not undertake our community and advocacy work.

ITC has hit a few milestones recently.  We now have

Facebook – Over 19 000 followers
ITC Lane Cove Chat – Over 8000 members
Instagram – Over 8000 followers
In The Cove – Web Site Views – Over 2.5 million views since we started our website.

If you would like to advertise and promote your business locally to a very engaged audience email us at [email protected] or message us on Facebook

Help In the Cove Grow

In the Cove wants to employ local people, we want to bring even more news to you, and we need your help. Become an In The Cove member, and we have a little gift for you (our very own reusable masks sourced from a Lane Cove business). To find out how to help here and how to get your reusable mask, hurry as stocks are limited. 

Local News At Your Fingertips

In the Cove is run by locals. It is the only online hyperlocal news and media business based in Lane Cove.  We provide local free news – we do not have a paywall and will never have a paywall.

Facebook In the Cove – Local News and Media 

Lane Cove Chat by ITC – Chat with other Lane Cove locals about local issues, lost pets, local info and more on our closed Lane Cove Facebook group.  We closely monitor membership, to make sure (as much as possible) that members either live or work in Lane Cove.

Every Wednesday, Lane Cove News sign up for our Lane Cove news blast delivered to your inbox every Wednesday night.  Sign up here.

Read Our latest news blast here.

Instagram – Follow our adventures around Lane Cove as we snap our lovely leafy Lane Cove.

We are also on Twitter and Pinterest.

In the Cove Instagram