A temporary partnership between Besix and Equans has won a contract to design and build a cutting edge data centre in Belgium.
The contract for the Tier III, 40MVA centre, located in Neder-Over-Heembeek, was awarded by Kevlinx, a company that specialises in high-performance data centres for large-scale enterprises, governments, and cloud companies.
Given the nature of the clients, these facilities are obviously required to meet exacting standards, and to meet stringent requirements for redundancy, security and energy efficiency.
The scope of the contract for Besix-Equans encompasses the design and construction of the state-of-the-art, turn-key data centre.
Besix is responsible for the design and construction of the civil, structural, and architectural elements, while Equans will execute the design and installation of the MEP elements.
The facility must adhere to internationally recognised accreditations and meet the stringent Tier III Uptime Institute standards. This means meticulous planning and implementation to ensure a high level of reliability and resilience in operations, with redundant components such as backup generators and multiple distribution paths in place to facilitate maintenance without disrupting critical operations.
Equans’ Jeroen Derveaux, said: “Equans has the unique expertise in designing, building, and securing IT spaces and has already furnished more than 30,000m2 of data centre space. We act as a unique point of contact and we can also rely on the extensive experience within the Bouygues group to which Equans belongs.
“We take care of all the techniques, both inside and outside. From HVAC over cooling and power supply, fire and security installations and more. The early contractor involvement and development phase with Besix and Kevlinx have created maximum synergy and mutual trust between all parties involved throughout the project.
“Our internal mechanical and electrical departments, with their extensive know-how and expertise, also contribute to this smooth cooperation.”
The site will accommodate a total power availability of 40MVA, developed in two distinct phases with further expansion potential available on campus.
Tom Cnudde, business development director at Besix Belgium-Luxembourg, said: “This project, developed over several years, showcases Besix’s unwavering commitment and expertise. We are proud to design and build infrastructure that meets the ever-growing digital demands of citizens and communities in close collaboration with our partners and clients.
“Data centres are highly complex infrastructure assets. Particularly important in this project are the specific design aspects such as ventilation, prevention of overheating, fire safety, acoustics and security. We rely on our teams’ vast experience in designing and constructing similar intricate projects to successfully deliver this critical asset.”
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