At a ground-breaking ceremony for the first of two planned data centres at Deer Park in the Western Melbourne Region, Digital Realty Trust, a leading global provider of data centre solutions, announced that the entire project is expected to have a positive economic impact on the region estimated at $A365 million. The event was attended by the Victorian Government Minister for Technology, Mr. Gordon Rich-Phillips. Mr. Kris Kumar, Regional Head, Asia Pacific at Digital Realty said: "In addition to direct economic impact projected to be approximately $365 million, we believe there will be a ripple effect on regional businesses which will also benefit western Melbourne significantly. There is also potential for training and skills development for employees in small to medium enterprises in the data centre industry."
Digital Realty completed the acquisition of the 30,250 sq m development site at 72 and 98 Radnor Drive, Deer Park, within the Paramount Industrial Park development, in August 2011 for a purchase price of approximately $A4.1 million. Already Digital Realty has announced that National Australia Bank has signed a long-term Turn-Key Datacentre lease for the first building, at 98 Radnor Drive. The lease was signed in the fourth quarter of 2011. This new 5,000 sq m data centre facility is scheduled for completion in early 2013. The first building constructed will be capable of supporting the development of two 1440 kW Turn-Key Datacentre PODs. The second project, 72 Radnor Drive, will be capable of supporting the development of four 440 kW Turn-Key Datacentre PODs.
Source: PR Newswire