Multiplex has completed the second and final stage of NEXTDC’s S3 Sydney Data Centre on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.
Located at 2 Broadcast Way, Artarmon, S3 is the third data centre delivered by Multiplex for NEXTDC. It further caters to the rising demand for data centres which are both Tier IV certified and government certified as strategic to manage and secure Australia’s critical digital infrastructure.
Multiplex commenced the Stage Two works in January 2022 and has reached completion two months ahead of schedule.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with NEXTDC and complete this highly technical project,” said Regional Managing Director of Multiplex NSW, David Ghannoum. “This strategic collaboration delivered on our shared vision to provide an innovative, world-class space for the rapidly evolving tech sector.”
Designed by Greenbox architects, NEXTDC’s S3 Sydney features more than 26,000 square metres of data halls and ancillary infrastructure across nine levels, delivering more than 20,000 square metres of critical IT space. S3 Sydney interconnects to the existing S1 Sydney and S2 Sydney data centres in addition to the broader national digital infrastructure network.
The Stage Two works spanned a total of 18 months, with an average of 350 construction workers onsite daily throughout the project. The NEXTDC S3 Sydney Data Centre Project employed more than 3,000 workers over the project’s duration.
The second and final stage of the project delivered an additional 12,000 square metres of Data Hall space as well as expansion of the front of house and client spaces.
NEXTDC Chief Operating Officer, Simon Cooper said the completion of Stage Two allows NEXTDC to extend existing services and offer new innovations such as the customer experience auditorium, Mission Critical Spaces in addition to increased IT capacity and enhanced inter-connectivity to the nationwide NEXTDC ecosystem of ICT partners, global cloud platforms and telecommunication providers.
Amidst supply chain delays and construction challenges, Multiplex successfully constructed Stage Two of the project in a live environment, with Stage One of the building occupied when works commenced.
An additional challenge saw four 21.2 tonne onsite generators needing to be lifted into the building prior to the completion of the Stage Two façade works. By creating shared zones for construction access, restricting materials handling and re-sequencing construction works, Multiplex overcame these challenges safely and efficiently.
The first stage of NEXTDC S3 Sydney achieved the Tier IV certification, marking it as a Fault Tolerant site, from the Uptime Institute. The standard certifies a 100 per cent uptime guarantee for reliability, security, and performance – ensuring data protection and business continuity. Tier IV certification also signals exemplary levels of resilience, providing the maximum amount of redundancy for the facility’s power and cooling.
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