Raxio Data Centre Ltd, Uganda’s first Tier III, carrier neutral data centre company, has selected Roko Construction Limited to undertake the civil works of Raxio’s multi-billion data centre at Kampala Industry Park, Namanve.
Roko emerged winner from a total of 6 companies that were invited to bid for the civil works in a competitive process that started late last year.
The two firms formally signed the contracts on Thursday 14th March 2019 at Raxio’s offices in Rwenzori Towers.
Robert Mullins and Brooks Washington, both Raxio directors and James Byaruhanga, the Raxio General Manager, signed on behalf of Raxio, while Mark Koehler and Willie Swanepoel the Roko Managing Director and Director, respectively, signed on behalf of Roko.
Speaking moments after the signing, Robert Mullins said that the project had already received clearance from Mukono Municipality as well as received an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) approval certificate from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and that construction “is scheduled to start immediately”.
“We are in the process of selecting other contractors to handle electrical and other associated works. We expect to conclude this process soon. All in all we expect to go live by November 2019,” Mullins said.
The Raxio Data Centre is being developed to Tier III standards and will be the first truly carrier-neutral co-location facility of its standard and shall require an investment of approximately $15 million over its life-cycle.
The data centre was designed by Future-tech, a UK-based specialized data centre design company, and Symbion Uganda, part of Symbion Group, a leading-multinational architectural firm with over 35 years of heritage in East and Southern Africa.
“We are not leaving anything to chance; we have assembled the best teams and the best contractors and are now good to go,” said Mullins.
Raxio, handed over the construction site to Roko engineers on Tuesday, March 19th 2019.
Raxio is owned by First Brick Holdings (FBH), a portfolio company of Roha, a US-based investment firm, which focuses on responsibly investing in and building profitable businesses across Africa. FBH has earmarked a total of $50 million to invest in a network of data centres across the East and Southern Eastern Africa region by 2022