But Springfield Land Corporation has now confirmed that it, a key part of the Leighton line up, has withdrawn from the race to build a data centre for the NSW Government. Springfield has built the Polaris data centre in Queensland as part of a joint venture with Suncorp and this week announced plans to build a $200 million data centre in Melbourne which will have one of the big banks as anchor tenant.
A spokeswoman for Leighton Contractors said that the company is still bidding for the NSW data centre business but declined to comment on the implications of Springfield's decision to withdraw. Macquarie Capital also declined to comment.
Springfield's managing director Bob Sharpless told iTWire that that while the company is interested in building a data centre in NSW to complement its line up in Victoria and Queensland, it had pulled out of the NSW Government data centre bid because of the 'requirements of the NSW Government.'
According to a spokesman for the NSW Department of Finance and Service; 'The data centre reform tender (is) active and the Department of Finance and Services will not comment.' He declined to comment on the implications of Springfield's decision to withdraw.
A proposal hatched under the previous Labor Government, the NSW Government data centre programme is part of a plan by the State to consolidate its data centres into just two, but that process has been fraught with controversy. There is now mounting pressure on the NSW Government to abandon the data centre plan and either look at cloud computing or leverage Federal data centre initiatives.
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However Government demands that two data centres, on in Sydney and one in Wollongong, be built were considered onerous by many of the groups invited to bid, with three of the five invited to bid withdrawing from the race.
And now there are two, one of which has just lost a key partner.