The 269,000 sq ft (25,000 sq m) data center will be located in Woodlands, a suburb in the northern part of Singapore, approximately 17km from the central business district and 15km from the existing 285,000 sq ft (26,700 sq m) Global Switch facility in Tai Seng Avenue. Construction of Singapore 2, phase 1 of which will take approximately 18 months to complete, is planned to commence in 2012 and will create 400 construction jobs with around 50 full time permanent jobs.
The planned Tier 3+ data center will have access to two independent utility HV power feeds and will provide an average of not less than 1,400 watts per sq m as well as power for cooling and ancillary systems, the company said.
In a statement Global Switch said: “Singapore 2 will be a leading example of an environmentally sustainable data centre incorporating innovative design initiatives aimed at achieving long-term energy efficiency. Every aspect of the design has been analysed to provide a world class data centre. The shape of the site and building will optimise the space and energy efficiency and the exterior sun shading louvers will minimise the solar impact on the building.”
The data centre will target Greenmark and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum ratings which measures a building’s environmental efficiency.
Global Switch has an existing centre at Tai Seng Avenue which is now operating at near full capacity. It has also been supported strongly by Global Switch’s local and international customers and partners.
Global Switch currently operates seven campuses with nine data centres across Asia-Pacific and Europe which total over 3,000,000 sq ft (290,000 sq m) of space and are occupied by internationally-renowned corporate tenants drawn primarily from the IT services, financial services, telecoms and data services sectors. In response to strong growth in demand over the last few years, Global Switch’s ninth data centre will be launched in Paris later this month creating that city’s leading data centre campus of 540,000 sq ft (50,000 sq m).
This is the second major planning consent Global Switch has received within a year, Sydney having received full planning to build a second facility adjacent to its existing data centre, already the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.