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Garden Drive datacenter project overview

Microsoft is buliding a datacenter in Tullamarine in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Why datacenters are needed

Datacenters provide the physical infrastructure for the technology we depend on at work and in our personal lives. Whenever you open an app on your phone, join a virtual classroom or meeting, snap and save photos, or play a game with your friends online, you are using a datacenter. Local businesses, government, hospitals, and schools rely on datacenters every day to deliver you goods and services.

December 5th, 2022

Breaking ground with community leaders at Melbourne datacenter sites

On December 5, 2022, Microsoft and our construction partners welcomed local community leaders to groundbreaking ceremonies at three of our Melbourne datacenter locations: Garden Drive, Cawley Road, and Woods Road. Together with our general contractors, Kapitol Group and BESIX Watpac, and our partners, AusNet Services, Aurecon, ERM, and Turner & Townsend, we honored members of the Hume Council, Maribyrnong Council, Wyndham Council, and Invest Victoria to these three sites to mark the commencement of construction.

Wurundjeri Traditional Owners opened the groundbreaking events with Welcome to Country (Tanderrum) and Smoking Ceremonies.

The Melbourne datacenters will help provide the physical infrastructure for the technology we depend on at work and in our personal lives. Cloud services play an increasingly significant role in our lives—enabling remote work and learning, global collaboration, and business continuity; supporting discovery and innovation; and importantly, powering critical life and safety services. Microsoft datacenters support a wide spectrum of crucial services in Australia, from the lifesaving work of doctors and first responders to essential services like groceries and online banking.

Microsoft has operated in Australia for 39 years, and we continue to invest in the region and the ecosystem of partners and technology providers we rely on to meet the demand of delivering fast, reliable, and sustainable cloud services.

Microsoft is committed to the long-term health of the communities in which we operate and where our employees live and work.

October 27, 2022

Microsoft will enter into the next stage of construction (earthworks) for the Garden Drive datacentre in October 2022.  This phase involves installing cabling, which will involve works in public spaces and potential disruption to roads. Detailed communications will be provided to the impacted areas.

Construction timeline

Datacenter construction will occur between October 2022, through late 2024.

Demolition of the existing buildings is now complete, and we are now commencing construction.

Together with our general contractor, BESIX Watpac, we will keep neighbours informed in advance of construction key events, including traffic mitigation plans, and will perform work within the hours detailed in our planning approval conditions.  Should there be any significant disruptions, we will notify the local community to reduce potential impacts.

Staying connected

We will keep the community up to date via our Australia page in our Microsoft in Your Community blog.

For construction related questions or concerns, please contact Durham Shaw from BESIX Watpac via email at or by calling, (03) 9649 2200.

For PR-related questions contact Microsoft Media Relations.

For community related questions, contact us at