Hickory Data Centers Breaks Ground on Inaugural Site as Company Grows Rapidly
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Hickory Data Centers Breaks Ground on Inaugural Site as Company Grows Rapidly

Australian company Hickory Data Centers has just pioneered its site in Truganina, Melbourne, which will house a 72 MW hyperscale facility consisting of two separate 36 MW buildings and 18 data halls.

The turnaround came when Hickory Data Centers announced the expansion of its portfolio in Australia, with sites now acquired to bring more than 100 MW to market in two hyperscale data center locations. Upon full completion, each facility will represent a $1.1 billion investment in the Australian market.

Hickory Data Centers Breaks Ground on Inaugural Site as Company Grows Rapidly

The Truganina site was acquired in early 2021, requiring the data center to meet the specific design, scale, and security requirements of major cloud and content providers with availability from Q4 2022.

Hickory Data Centers has also acquired 24,000 square feet of land in Canberra, with plans to build a 28 MW hyperscale data center. The data center is designed with a security level of SCEC4 or higher and comprises 4,000 m² of office and storage space.

Hickory Data Centers was launched in early 2021 as a business arm of Hickory, an established and diversified real estate development and construction company in Australia. Since then, it has quickly entered the market with the acquisition of the two sites with plans to add additional sites to the portfolio.

Joel O’Halloran, Chief Executive Officer of Hickory Data Centers, said: “We are delighted to be pioneering groundbreaking work at our Truganina site in Melbourne as the strategic expansion of Hickory Data Centers matures. These locations will provide significant capacity for the growing Australian market, with Melbourne currently being one of the world’s most popular markets for data center investment.”

According to a 2021 report by Structure Research, Melbourne’s data center market is expected to reach $1.1 billion by 2026 with a 20.6 percent compound annual growth rate specific to hyperscale.

Jabez Tan, Head of Research at Structure Research, commented: “Currently, Melbourne has relatively limited options for hyperscale data center capacity compared to Sydney. Melbourne is expected to see a meaningful increase in hyperscale demand as both Google and AWS recently announced new cloud regions.”

At the same time, Hickory Data Centers is also expanding into Canberra.

“Although Canberra has an established market, the offer is still quite narrow,” explains O’Halloran. “Evolving customer dynamics have also increased opportunities in the state, with shifting buying patterns.”

The rapid deployment capabilities of Hickory Data Centers include the company’s Hickory Building Systems technology, an innovative system that reduces the turnaround time to deployment. Building certain components off-site before being installed in the desired location significantly reduces construction costs, time, and material volume while improving safety and build quality.

Hickory Data Centers offers a highly secure, multi-megawatt option that redefines data center delivery from construction to production. The company achieves this through distinctive offerings, leveraging the capabilities of Hickory, and is backed by a highly experienced data center team.

Solutions include traditional hyperscale colocation, multiple buildings or single-tenant options, and full turnkey models covering the site selection, construction, and delivery of Shell & Core services, including built-and-operated-to-suit -service offerings.

“With the growth and expansion of Hickory Data Centers, we are building custom for the world’s largest technology companies,” said O’Halloran. “We are driving technology to drive change and enable innovation in Australia, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this data revolution.”

Property details

Address148-248 Leakes Road TRUGANINA VIC 3029Country DescriptionV 8970 F 967 L 1 LP 97487 Truganina Parish, V 12186 F 973 LA PS 812888 Truganina Parish, V 12206 F 082 L S2 PS 812889 Truganina Parish

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