NextGen Networks Data Centre

Acting as Head Contractor for this complex project in an open-book arrangement, A.G. Coombs delivered a complete service offering to Nextgen Networks, ranging from conceptual and detailed design management to the provision of multiple mechanical, electrical, fire protection and building works in the installation and commissioning of the project.

The scope of works included mechanical services, including the installation and commissioning of:

  • Three 583kW air cooled chillers.
  • 12 computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units.
  • Plant room and office air conditioning.
  • A building management system upgrade.

Electrical services, including the installation of:

  • Two 1675kVA generator sets, two 800kVA uninterruptible power system (UPS) units.
  • Lighting systems.
  • Switchboards.
  • Cabling.

Fire protection measures, including:

  • the installation of dry pipe sprinkler systems, coupled with Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA®).Building works, including:
  • Extensive raised floors.
  • A large roof top structural platform.
  • Block walls and riser construction.
  • Complete office fit-out.

Project Overview

Project Name: NextGen Networks Data Centre

Location: VIC

Client: Nextgen Networks

Project Value: $20m

Year Completed: 2008

Project Type

Construction – existing facility


  • Project delivered on time with no disruption to operational activity.
  • Provision of an integrated, multi-services solution across engineering design, project installation and commissioning.
  • Successful delivery of architectural, services, acoustic and structural design, from concept to detailed design to as-installed.
  • Provision of a workable framework through the contract model for the sharing of risk with incentives and penalties including key performance indicators. Based on AS4902 for Design and Construction contracts.
  • Management and maintenance of an open book alliance partnering arrangement, with transparent cost planning to agreed margins.


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