25 Oct GreenSquareDC granted planning permission for 96MW data center in Perth, Australia
GreenSquareDC has gained planning permission for a new data center in Perth, Australia. The project’s Development Application (DA) was approved by Metro Inner-South Joint Development Assessment panel members at a meeting on October 17. As previously reported by DCD, GreenSquareDC is looking to develop a 96MW campus in Western Australia that it says will be the largest in the region.
Located in Belmont, the company is looking to develop a four-story data center with 68,000 sqm of gross floor area on 38,000sqm of land. Construction is scheduled to commence in 2023, with completion of the first stage estimated by mid-2024.
The land is owned by Bulong Pty Ltd and is currently a large parking lot adjacent to various warehouses and industrial buildings. Some of these buildings would be demolished as part of the new development.
Founder and CEO of GreenSquareDC Walt Coulston said: “We are extremely excited and proud of this important step towards launching our first data center development under GreenSquareDC. This initial project is of significant scale in a sector of growing importance to the digital economy, leveraging our combined more than 150 years’ experience in the digital infrastructure space.
GreenSquareDC is a new company that describes itself as an ‘emerging sustainability-oriented data center provider.’ CEO Coulston is also Managing Director at Sydney-based real estate firm CK Property Group,
“GreenSquareDC is committed to helping solve the world’s toughest sustainability challenges associated with digital infrastructure, energy consumption, and water usage. Our innovative data center design is focused on helping our customers deliver greater business value with far greater ESG consciousness and transparency. Sustainability is, and will always be, at the core of what we do,” Coulston added.
Though Western Australia is not traditionally a major data center market compared to the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, the likes of Equinix, DC Two, and NextDC all operate at least one facility in Perth. Stack is also planning a facility in the city after acquiring Australian real estate developer Hickory’s data center projects. The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is also located in Perth.