Laing O’Rourke wins Khazna Data Centre project in the heart of Dubai Design District


Laing O’Rourke Middle East has been appointed by Khazna Data Centres (Khazna) to design and build a 21.45MW data centre facility and office space at Dubai Design District. It is the fifth data centre under a main contract that the company will deliver for Khazna in the Middle East.

The Data Centre building, to be constructed within the 26,000 m2 plot, contains four separate pods each with two data halls totalling 5MW per pod, plus seven auxiliary data halls totalling 1.45MW. Laing O’Rourke’s scope includes the design, engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the data centre building plus the technical fit out for each of the four pods and auxiliary data halls.

In addition, the scope of works includes a three-storey office building with an enhanced façade. The project will be constructed and certified in accordance with Uptime Tier III Design which means it can be maintained without the requirement for a total shutdown or equipment replacement. The Centre will also meet the sustainability criteria of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and target a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of below 1.5, making it highly efficient for the region.

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We are delighted to extend our long-term client relationship with Khazna on this prestigious data centre project. Integrating our Group’s capability for design management, construction, MEP and fit-out talents in one team provides clients with a clear advantage in terms of surety of delivery.

Jason Lowe General Manager for Laing O’Rourke’s Middle East business
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We are pleased to continue our relationship with Laing O’Rourke with this project. The team submitted the best overall bid in terms of HSE and performance management as well as demonstrating proven data centre construction quality and capability.

Kevin Ayling Senior Director – Technical Programme Management, Khazna Data Centres

The first phase of the project will be handed over to Khazna in September 2023, allowing for tenant deployment, with the full project completing in quarter one of 2024.

Khazna Data Centres is growing its network of hyperscale data centres across the UAE and has plans to expand its network globally.