Balfour Beatty JV wins $188m Singapore data centre contract

WCN Editorial Team 18 May 2018 ASIA BUSINESS

Gammon Construction, an equal stake joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Jardine Matheson, has won a SGD$253m ($188.6m) contract from Global Switch to establish a data centre in Singapore.

Global Switch owns, operates and develops large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-tenanted data centres across Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The data centre will be located in the northern region of Singapore and will house the computer and telecommunications systems of Global Switch customers.

Work on the data centre will include the construction of a six-storey pre-cast structure consisting of 10 data suites.

To enhance construction efficiencies, Gammon Construction will use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for generating and managing vital project data.

The Singapore Woodlands data centre of Global Switch will be the first project in the island state to use pre-fabricated mechanical and electrical and plumbing (MEP) modular techniques on a large scale.

Gammon is assembling more than 60% of the MEP works off-site. Also, more than 70% of the structure was precast off-site.

Manufacturing elements off-site has multiple benefits, including increased productivity, safety and quality.

Gammon CEO Thomas Ho said: “This project, which will increase our portfolio of significant projects in Singapore, is another opportunity to showcase our expertise in modern construction techniques and delivery.

“Gammon’s continued successful delivery of projects in Singapore enhances our customers’ confidence in our expertise.”

The data centre is scheduled to be launched later in 2018. Nearly 700 persons will be employed during the peak construction period.

Balfour Beatty finances, develops, builds and maintains complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.

Gammon Construction is based in Hong Kong and its service covers the full project life-cycle, from initial site survey and design through construction to commissioning and maintenance.

Gammon’s earlier projects include the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor, a 3.5km, dual three-lane carriageway suspended above the Deep Bay, and a 68-storey One Island East office building, a skyscraper on the eastern shore of Hong Kong Island.

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