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.
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