NextDC gets go ahead for Melbourne data centre

Project manager hired to ramp up data centre activities

Port Melbourne will be the next site for NextDC’s (ASX:NXT) latest data centre, called M1, after the company received development approval from Melbourne City Council this week.

The 14,000 square metre facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The data centre is expected to provide 6000 square metres of data centre space once it is fully opened. Half of its initial 2000 square metre opening has already been assigned to Harbor MSP, which signed a seven-year contract to occupy the facility.

According to NextDC chief executive officer, Bevan Slattery, its Melbourne data centre will be the largest carrier and systems integrator, neutral data centre in Victoria.

“We are offering customers critical connectivity, flexibly, scalability, security and a low carbon footprint,” he said in a statement.

In addition, the company has hired Glen Morcom, who was formerly building and electrical services manager at Crown Casino Melbourne, as a project and facilities manage.

“Morcom brings to NextDC extensive experience in managing critical infrastructure similar to our Melbourne facility,” said Slattery.

He also said the company is about to sign on a business development manager to look after the data centre.

NextDC has employed Melbourne-based company, FDC Construction & Fitout, to begin construction while UK-headquarted design company, Arup, will design the data centre.

Another data centre is slated to be unveiled in Sydney this month while its planned Brisbane data centrewas delayed following Cyclone Yasi.

Development will proceed in April 2011 once electricity provider Energex completes priority projects in Queensland.

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