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Lane Cove data centre construction overview

Microsoft plans to commence construction works for the Lane Cove data centre in January 2023. These works initially will be limited to the construction of a new car park for the Possum’s Corner childcare facility, and demolition of the existing building.

The data centre construction site is located on Mowbray Road in Lane Cove North, Sydney in the state of New South Wales.

The value of data centres

Data centres 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 data centre. Local businesses, government, hospitals, and schools rely on data centres every day to deliver you goods and services.

Community involvement

During the data centre facility planning process, the community was involved in updating the project design. The result of this work includes the following modifications:

  • 40% reduction in the gross floor area
  • Nearly 50% reduction of the original building height
  • Decision to remove mechanical plant from the rooftop to improve visual aesthetics.

Additionally, as the industrially zoned land will be used for a data centre, there will be much less traffic movement and activity on site as compared to alternative industrial developments such as a logistics facility or warehouse. Read more details about the community collaboration work in the online report.

Construction timeline

Data centre construction is currently programmed as follows and we will continue to keep you informed if the schedule changes.

  • Childcare car park construction March 2023 – April 2023
  • Demolition – May 2023 – October 2023
  • Excavation – October 2023 – April 2024
  • Structure and fit out – March 2024 – Sept 2026

Together with our general contractor, we will take all the necessary considerations to ensure that the environment and community are disturbed as little as possible during the entire construction period. We will keep neighbors informed in advance of construction work. Work will only be performed in strict accordance with the hours determined at planning approval. Construction and demolition works will also be completed in strict accordance with management plans (traffic, construction, demolition, noise etc) as reviewed and approved by council.

Staying connected

  • We will keep the community up to date via the Microsoft in your community
  • For community related questions, contact our community engagement partner at feedback@apa.net.au
  • For PR related questions, contact the Microsoft Media Hotline: +61 2 8281 3830