Balfour Beatty data centre

An artist’s impression of the data centre

Contractor Balfour Beatty has announced its 50:50 Far East joint venture, Gammon construction, has been awarded a SD$253 million (US$187 million) data centre contract in Singapore for Global Switch.

Global Switch are a leading owner, operator and developer of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-tenanted data centres across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Works to the data centre, which is located in the northern region of Singapore, and which will house Global Switch’s customers’ computer and telecommunications systems, will include the construction of a six-storey precast structure containing ten data suites. Gammon Construction will utilise BIM to generate and manage vital project data to enhance construction efficiencies.

Global Switch’s Singapore Woodlands data centre is the first project in the island state to adopt prefabricated mechanical and electrical and plumbing (MEP) modular techniques on a large scale. Gammon are assembling over 60% of the MEP works off-site and also over 70% of the structure was precast off-site. This method of manufacturing elements off-site has multiple benefits including increased productivity, safety and quality.

The data centre is due to launch later this year. A workforce of 700 will be engaged at the peak construction period.

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