Lendlease has announced its first data centre project in Japan under Lendlease Data Centre Partners (LLDCP). The facility is expected to be one of the largest of its scale in the country.
Located in Greater Tokyo, the new data centre occupies approximately 33,000 sq m of land. This phased development is planned to deliver more than 60,000 sq m of gross floor area, in which close to half of the site has been pre-leased.
Construction of the project is scheduled to commence later this year, with the initial phase to be completed by early 2024. The gross development value of the project is in excess of A$800 million (around US$600 million) upon completion of all phases.
“Demand for data centres has surged during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with digitalisation emerging as a top priority for businesses amid an overall shift to a digital-led economy,” said Lendlease. “Japan is well-placed as a key connectivity and distribution hub for global hyperscale cloud providers, which, in turn, is driving high demand from data centre service providers.”
LLDCP is funded 20% by Lendlease and 80% by a global institutional investor. The fund’s mandate covers Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and includes both completed assets and new development opportunities. Under the partnership, Lendlease will undertake the development, construction, property and investment management of the project.
“The demand for data centres in the Asia Pacific is set to grow exponentially, with internet-related services usage soaring due to the pandemic. We are excited to launch our first data centre development under Lendlease Data Centre Partners,” said Andrew Gauci, Lendlease’s managing director of Japan and head of telecoms and data infrastructure Asia.
“This project is of significant scale in a sector of growing importance in the digital economy, leveraging our more than 20 years’ experience in the local communications and data infrastructure space, as well as Lendlease's broader presence in Japan for over 30 years.”
Justin Gabbani, Lendlease’s CEO Asia commented, “This partnership is an exemplar of our updated strategy in action, leveraging our competitive edge and creating value with our partners. With our end-to-end integrated capabilities, we look forward to building on this to explore further investments in the future.
“This further cements our global leadership in providing best-in-class real estate solutions. Moreover, this also marks a significant milestone for the Group, adding to its global development pipeline alongside five other new urbanisation projects globally.”