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CSC opens new Melbourne digs

CSC has today opened a new facility in Melbourne's Docklands with plans to invest $78 million in the facility over the next 10 years.

CSC has today opened a new facility in Melbourne's Docklands with plans to invest $78 million in the facility over the next 10 years.

CSC Opening

Lindsay Tanner and CSC president
Gavin Larkings at the official opening
(Credit: CSC)

Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner attended the centre's official opening, which concludes the three-year project, bringing approximately 450 staff into the new location.

The new facility will also consolidate three Melbourne offices into the one at Docklands, a location which Wayne Banks, chief financial officer of CSC, says was chosen after consulting with local staff.

"We engaged our staff and asked them where they would like to have a facility and Docklands was a very popular choice. We like to consolidate buildings, obviously there are financial benefits, but also to create a collaborative environment where people can work from different departments," he told ZDNet Australia.

CSC began the project three years ago, acting as an anchor tenant while the design and build progressed. Banks said the company worked with builders to customise the office, "so we were able to develop into the building some of the technologies that we wanted".

Some of these technologies include VoIP, high speed network access to the desktop and a five-green-star rating for energy efficiency.

Banks said the Docklands project was part of the company's national facilities campaign to consolidate multiple offices into single locations, with the company recently opening similar offices in Mawson Lakes in South Australia, Subiaco in Perth and Macquarie Park in Sydney. CSC also recently refurbished its datacentre in the nearby Clayton, just outside Melbourne. The centre houses data for the Department of Defence and other federal government agencies.

CSC said its involvement with mining, government and financial institutions in Victoria since the 1970's has assisted the state's economic development and plans to increase this involvement with the new facility.

"Our growth in this region has been fuelled primarily by an increased demand for IT services in the natural resources and government sectors. We see a great opportunity for further growth in support of our customer base in Victoria and look forward to growing our skilled staff base here," said Gavin Larkings, president of CSC in Australia.