Global Switch to build $209m Singapore Woodlands data centre

WCN Editorial Team 4 May 2018 ASIA BUSINESS

Global Switch, an owner and operator of large-scale carrier and cloud-neutral data centres in Europe and Asia-Pacific, is establishing Singapore Woodlands, a SGD280m ($209.8m) data centre in Singapore.

The Singapore Woodlands data centre, which is due to launch later in 2018, will be the first project in the island state to adopt prefabricated mechanical and electrical and plumbing (MEP) modular techniques on a large scale.

Building and Construction Authority (BCA) deputy CEO (industry development) Neo Choon Keong and his team had a look at the advanced Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) methods being used to construct the project.

Neo said: “Global Switch Singapore Woodlands is contributing to our initiative to raise construction productivity. Visiting the site was an eye-opener and we believe this project will boost the industry’s confidence in adopting prefabricated MEP systems for higher productivity and quality, in line with Singapore’s construction industry transformation efforts.”

Gammon Construction, which won the contract from Global Switch, is assembling more than 60% of the MEP works off-site. This method of manufacturing has multiple benefits such as increased productivity, safety and quality.

Singapore Woodlands will be located in the north of the island, away from Global Switch’s existing Tai Seng data centre, to meet dual occupancy demand.

Global Switch Singapore Woodlands will provide 25,000m² of critical infrastructure, supported by 30MVA of utility power supply capacity.

It will host multiple connectivity options with the ability to directly access the dense networks currently operating from within Global Switch Tai Seng.

Singapore Woodlands, an environmentally sustainable data centre, will target a Platinum BCA Green Mark as well as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Rating.

The data centre will have a design power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.38, with reconfigurable and highly efficient power and cooling distribution, variable speed fans and high energy efficient CRAH units.

Singapore Woodlands will operate to Tier III plus standards.

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