11th May 2016
The FKG Group is bringing the “ideas boom” to Toowoomba, announcing today plans to establish in the Garden City a Technology Park, home to one of Australia’s first regional data centres, the Pulse Data Centre.
The leading construction and engineering group has lodged an application with Toowoomba Regional Council for approval of the new 29-hectare technology park at Witmack Road.
FKG Group’s move to establish one of the largest technology parks outside the capital cities is a significant boost to regional Australia, potentially revolutionising the technology driven industry and supporting the innovation agenda of both the State and Federal government to generate new jobs and regional economic growth.
The Toowoomba Technology Park incorporates the latest technological advances, with its highly efficient design utilising the excellent local environmental conditions. With high power capacity and a large available footprint, the Park will offer multiple tier levels and tailored security requirements for clients.
“The application lodged includes a large co-location data centre, wholesale data centre capability, research incubator, disaster recovery space, start up offices and service facilities, with room for further expansion within the Park,” said Dallas Hunter, Group Manager – Developments for the FKG Group.
“Importantly for Toowoomba, this new technology industry hub is expected to generate significant employment opportunities in information, media, telecommunications and agricultural technology, resulting in an estimated 5,000 new jobs as we tap into growing demand from Australia and Asia.”
Since receiving preliminary approval in December 2015, the FKG Group has been finalising and detailing the design of the Park and negotiating with potential clients and interested tenants.
The centre piece of the Park, and one of the first of its kind in Australia, the Pulse Data Centre will feature a highly resilient, Tier 3 design with incremental capacity up to 50 megawatts, providing prime data centre capacity and also business continuity protection to both corporate and government clients in a secure location 507 metres above sea level.
“We have been delighted by the high level of local, national and international enquiries for this important new initiative in Australia’s second-largest inland city,” said Pulse Data Centre General Manager, Peter Blunt.
“Pulse Data Centre will rival leading data centres in Australia’s capital cities for connectivity, resilience and security. Technology will supercharge many industries and this data centre will play an important role in ensuring the benefits of the innovation boom extend from city to country,” said Mr Blunt, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the operation and construction of such centres.
Subject to regulatory approvals, construction of the new centre is expected to commence in August 2016, with completion, testing and commissioning to be finalised by early next year.