Kwai Chung Data Centre, Hong Kong


Kwai Chung Data Centre, Hong Kong

Aurecon provides full engineering design services to the client’s first state-of-the-art Tier III Data Centre (HK1) in Hong Kong

  • Secure, reliable and high-quality Tier III data centre for financial institutions, internet and cloud service providers, international telecom carriers and local enterprises
  • Aurecon’s role: MEP and structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, BIM, CFD, PUE, tier compliance review, acoustic and sustainability
  • Client: One of the leading developers and operators of high-performance data centres in Greater China

Hong Kong is well-recognised to be a major financial, international trading and logistics hub. Many international corporations have established their regional offices and headquarters in Hong Kong. Together with strong interest from mainland Chinese hyperscale cloud operators, the demand for secure data centre facilities and services in Hong Kong remains high.

To capture this market opportunity, Aurecon’s client, who is one of the leading developers and operators of high-performance data centres in Greater China, will be building its first data centre – HK1 – in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.

This is the client’s first data centre developed outside of Mainland China. It is also the client’s first core multi-cloud, cloud-neutral and hybrid cloud exchange node in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, it is a central node for cross-border, low-latency international network exchange and internet data exchange.

Aurecon has been appointed to provide full engineering design consultancy services to HK1. This development comprises a 20-storey building with a GFA of approximately 23,000m², 11-storey data halls and 132kV sub-stations to house two 50MVA HV transformers.

Aurecon will provide a range of services that include MEP, structural and geotechnical engineering, BIM, CFD, PUE, tier compliance review, acoustic and sustainability. HK1 will be an Uptime Institute and TIA-942 Tier III Standard Data Centre.

The development seeks to achieve the LEED Gold rating and the Hong Kong Green Building Council's (HKGBC) Building Environmental Assessment Method (BEAM) Plus Gold rating.

Tailoring the designs and services to meet the specific needs of the client and its end users

Aurecon carefully considers energy efficiency to optimise the energy consumption when designing HK1. Other considerations include security, business continuity, future loads and productivity optimisation needs. HK1 is also a fast track project where construction needs to be completed within 14 months. This is a shorter timeframe compared to many other similar developments.

To realise all the project’s design considerations and to bring client’s vision to life, Aurecon collaborates closely and proactively with the client and other key stakeholders. Design work, meetings and day-to-day communication continue despite the pandemic. Different digital tools such as video conferencing and social messaging applications have been utilised for instant communication, information exchange, design review and discussion.

Aurecon is also reviewing all submissions according to the construction schedule to help keep the project on track. Its in-house digital experts are deploying BIM during the project delivery to ensure efficient and effective outcomes.

Aurecon attempted to increase engagement with the client by organising an i40+ workshop, which is a skills development programme that deploys Aurecon’s Design to Innovate processes to help identify challenges, develop unique solutions and deliver the best outcome and value.

Aurecon has a track record in the development of data centres. Leveraging past experiences working on similar projects where the team was involved in different high voltage 132kV sub-station design submissions, coordination and approvals from local power authorities, the team is able to apply their knowledge to HK1 ensuring a smooth design and construction process.

To ensure that the best end-user experience is delivered, design customisation is crucial to the project. Aurecon has adopted a modular design to allow for flexible use of space – tenants will be able to easily move in or out in different phases.

This modular approach also provides safe and quality design and construction.

When the project is completed in mid-2022, HK1 will provide Chinese enterprises and foreign companies a reliable platform as they look to expand to Mainland China and other international markets.

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