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Equans Secures MEP Contract at Belgium Data Centre

Equans Secures MEP Contract at Belgium Data Centre
21 November 2023

Equans, a subsidiary of the Bouygues group, has been awarded the design and construction contract for a new data centre in Belgium.

In partnership with BESIX, a multidisciplinary construction group based in Brussels, Equans will design and construct the first phase of the 40MVA data centre in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium. The client is KEVLINX, a leading provider of high-performance data centres.

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 site will accommodate a total power availability of 40MVA, developed in two distinct phases with further expansion potential available on campus. 


Tier III Uptime Institute Standards


The building will adhere to the Tier III Uptime Institute standard, which is an internationally recognised definition which demonstrates the capability and reliability of data centres. A Tier III centre has an expected uptime of 99.982 per cent per year and typically doesn’t require shutdown during maintenance. 

"Equans has the unique expertise in designing, building, and securing IT spaces and has already furnished more than 30,000 m² 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," explains Jeroen Derveaux, Department Manager DBFMO. "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."

Tom Cnudde, Business Development Director at BESIX Belgium-Luxembourg, commented, “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.”

Picture: a CGI showing the proposed exterior of the new data centre. Image Credit: BESIX-Equans

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 21 November 2023


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