Industrial Projects

NEXTDC M2 Data Centre Portfolio

Kapitol Group is proud to be the construction partner of choice for NEXTDC's 60MW M2 data centre facility expansion with the completion of three additional stages and a further stage currently under construction.

Kapitol has worked in close collaboration with NEXTDC on the design and construction of each project. As a result we have been able to implement a number of VfM initiatives and introduce innovative building practices not previously used in data centre construction. These include novel, prefabricated, modular designs including precast core modules, and the use of super T bridge beam superstructures in the data halls, eliminating the need for columns and creating additional net lettable area (NLA). The use of the super T’s also allows for maximum efficiency and flexibility in the layout and arrangement of data racks.

See below for further details about Kapitol's projects at NEXTDC M2 in Tullamarine.

Tullamarine, Victoria

The NEXTDC M2 Stage 2 data hall was a 7-month base build and fit out programme which added an additional 6MW to M2’s 60MW facility. It consisted of two levels, two data halls, and 15 switch rooms. 

Off-site prefabrication techniques and the systematic redesign of the structure, from in situ-poured concrete to a precast solution, led to immediate and unimpeded early access for fit out trades. This enabled fit out activities to begin within 81 days of contract award. The conversion of blockwork and conventionally formed structures to precast floors and walls also removed the need for tension piles and prefabricated façade elements to avoid ‘under and over’ issues.

Stage 2 was constructed adjoining to and integrating with Stage 1 while in operation. To ensure the operations of the existing facility was not impacted during construction, elements of the project were redesigned to diminish interface works and work methodologies were adopted to enable clear segregation. 

This project was successfully delivered one month ahead of programme in January 2019.

Stage 3 is a 7,494m2 new commercial 'Innovation Tower', encompassing Mission Critical Operations workspaces for NEXTDC’s M2 data centre facility. Stage 3 creates an a-grade commercial office with a signature, brand consistent, experience for current and future clients while integrating with existing stages on the M2 development. The building comprises of 5-levels of offices, function spaces, including an auditorium, a commercial tenancy, training facilities and end-of-trip facilities. The project also includes parking for 240 vehicles. 2,664 sunshade fins will make up the building’s unique façade structure and the building has achieved a 5-star NABERS rating.

The architect for this project is VIA Architects.

M2 Stage 3 was completed in June 2023.

The NEXTDC M2 Stage 4 data centre build is a highly-complex development which involved construction of a new building comprising six data halls over 5-levels, including a 10-megawatt data hall – one of the largest of its kind in Victoria. Additionally, M2 is Melbourne’s most resilient, connected and energy efficient data centre, and at the time of building, Victoria’s only tier IV completely fault-tolerant data centre.

Select the link below to view a full case study on the M2 stage 4 data centre project.

Case Study – M2 Stage 4 Data Centre

The NEXTDC M2 stage 5 data centre was delivered in a tight, 11-month programme in the height of COVID restrictions, meeting NEXTDC’s delivery times including a rack-ready fitout. This project included five data halls, a loading dock, and contractor amenities, and added an additional 3750m2 of technical space and 15MW to the 60MW M2 facility. Kapitol introduced precast core box modules for the first time, eliminating the need for propping to ensure a safer and faster delivery with less people on site.

Stage 5 was constructed next to and adjoining stage 4, and is adjacent to stage 2. Therefore, a number of security measures including secure fencing, had to be erected between the adjoining facility. The project also posed challenges in working in a live environment which were overcome through the implementation of thorough procedures which ensured the live environment wasn’t disrupted while services connections and finishes were being integrated between the new and existing facility. During the excavation phase of stage 5, Kapitol Group needed to ensure the existing facilities' equipment was not affected. Vibration monitoring equipment was set up in key areas, coordinating with the facility management team, to ensure avoidance of system failures.

M2 stage 5 reached practical completion in March 2022.

Kapitol Group are thrilled to announce a new project at NEXTDC’s M2 Data Centre facility in Tullamarine which includes the design and build of several data halls purpose built to enable the current and future expansion requirements of Global Cloud Platform providers. Melbourne M2 is a building we’re very familiar with, having recently completed the new customer experience centre in 2022!
Fitout projects don’t usually require the use of cranes. However, this complex, services-heavy project will use the 2nd largest tower crane in Australia to lift the inventory of cooling infrastructure and generators onto the building’s roof. The crane’s 60 metre jib can lift 25 tonnes at a time, ensuring our project team to meet the number one priority of safety in addition to construction efficiencies.
This marks our 13th major project with NEXTDC. Working with NEXTDC is the ultimate in customer collaboration and we’re extremely grateful to NEXTDC’s team for the opportunity to deliver another fantastic project in support of Victoria’s digital economy.
The project is due for completion in July 2024.

Architect: HDR

Kapitol's close collaboration with NEXTDC on each M2 project has resulted in a number of innovative building practices not previously used in data centre construction.

M2 Stage 5 Pre-Cast Core Module Installation

M2 Stage 5 Pre-Cast Core Modules

Our partnership with Kapitol Group reflects the continued thought leadership and technical innovation that underpins NEXTDC’s success. We are incredibly proud of what our partnership has delivered, the project outcomes to date have been exemplary and the journey has been a pleasure.

Simon Cooper Chief Operating Officer, NEXTDC