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Laing O’Rourke wins Khazna expansion project in UAE

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed to design, build and fit-out Khazna Data Centres’ facilities as part of an expansion project in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Khazna Data Centres.
Khazna Data Centres.

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed to design, build and fit-out Khazna Data Centres’ facilities as part of an expansion project in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The project will double the data centres’ capacity and will include work on pods four, five, and six. It will be led by project director Vijay Gangakhedkar.

The scope of the projects includes full design responsibility, construction of a two-storey building for each pod, and all specialist mechanical, electrical and plumbing works. 

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The expansion will cover a build-up area of around 31,000sqm across the existing facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, out of which 7,500sqm is IT whitespace.

Design work commences with immediate effect with on-site works due to begin in early 2018. The projects are scheduled for handover in summer 2019 in Dubai and autumn 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Hassan Al Naqbi, CEO of Khazna Data Centers, said: “The expansion of our footprint on what is already the UAE’s largest dedicated wholesale data center demonstrates the growing demand for carrier neutral data center.

“Not only are organizations looking for highly secure environments, but also reliable providers so that they can focus on their core business operations. 

“We will be working closely with Laing O’Rourke to double Khazna’s data center capacity, and look forward to launching our new facilities as this portfolio growth is an indicator that our clients are looking towards long-term growth strategies in the region.”

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