Balfour Beatty joint venture to build $188mn Singapore data centre
European and Asian Pacific data centre operator Global Switch has awarded Gammon Construction a $188mn contract to build a six-storey data centre in Singapore.
Gammon, a 50-50 Far East joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Jardine Matheson, is precasting 70% of the structure off-site and utilising building information modelling (BIM) technology to boost project efficiency. Around 700 workers will be employed at construction peak.
Singapore’s outsourced/colocation data centre market is project to hit $1.5bn this year, up from the $934mn it reached in 2017, according to a study by Structure Research.
Gammon’s data centre, located in the north of Singapore and set to be operational by year’s end, is the first project in country to adopt prefabricated mechanical and electrical and plumbing (MEP) modular techniques on a large scale.
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Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of the company, 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.”
It has been a busy period for Gammon Construction in the region. Earlier in May the company secured a $500mn contract to build a million-square-foot residential complex in Hong Kong.
Gammon Construction’s two parent companies have worked in partnership since 2004 and have completed numerous projects throughout China and Southeast Asia. The business is a major player in the Hong Kong and Singapore roads market in particular.
Robotics startup Canvas secures $24 million funding
The financing included strategic investment by Suffolk Construction with participation from Alumni Ventures Group and existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Brick & Mortar Ventures, Obvious Ventures, and Grit Labs.
Canvas plans to use the funds to accelerate its ability to transform construction work by bringing robotics into the built environment, starting with drywall finishing.
Advancements in robotics technology have been stymied in construction due to the complexity of the ever-changing job site environment - but Canvas claims technology it has invented now makes it possible to bring it to the industry.
By enabling skilled trade workers with a new class of tool, Canvas helps customers deliver control over schedules and safer working conditions.
"Since our launch last fall, we've seen incredible demand for the Canvas system and our unique ability to set the bar on quality, safety, and predictability," said Kevin Albert, CEO and Co-founder of Canvas.
Canvas has started by focusing on drywall finishing, one of the most labor-intensive, unpredictable, and congested parts of the construction process. The company's approach combines the skills and expertise of trained union workers with robotics technology.
"At Suffolk, we pride ourselves on redefining what is possible by innovating, investing, and building – we therefore share an aligned worldview with Canvas," said Jit Kee Chin, Chief Data and Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President at Suffolk.
Wan Li Zhu, Managing Director of Suffolk Technologies, said: "We are excited to partner with Canvas in creating a safer and more productive construction process where people and machines work together seamlessly and collaboratively to deliver at the highest quality levels."