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Norland 'ramps up design, build and operate service'

07 June 2013

Norland, a provider of building services and facilities management and the CIBSE ‘Contractor of the Year’ for 2013, has created a role of ‘Construction Director’ within its Critical Environment Services team

The role has as its remit the design, build and operation of large scale fit-outs specifically for the data centre market and extends Norland’s significant success to date in this area.

Similar senior construction and project management roles also exist within the company’s other two divisions as part of Norland’s overall development of a major project capability for large capital works which it calls Norland Construct.

Norland’s Critical Environment Services team is a specialist team of experts working with data centres and large enterprises to support their business-critical, high-risk operations with 24/7 technical support. Norland already conduct significant fit-out work and project manages large capital works for some of the world’s most prestigious data centres and, only this year, completed the first stage fit-out of a 11,475 sq ft facility on the Cobalt Data Centre Campus.

Norland has promoted one of its existing Head of Projects, Robert Giles, into the role. Norland has created the Construction Director role to bring focus and definition to the design and build offer and to extend its services in this area. With more than 15 years experience in construction and property development, Robert has been with Norland for over 2 years and has been the lead on many of the company’s major projects including the work with Cobalt.

The company says Giles has a comprehensive track record of over achievement in his roles to date, which has seen him earn a reputation for managing teams that deliver complex projects whilst exceeding customer’s expectations.

Tony Smith, MD of Norland’s CES division said: “Robert brings a wealth of experience in design and build which will mean we can really take advantage of the many opportunities we are seeing. The new role will be instrumental in growing our critical construction management services with both new and existing customers and fuel our continued growth in this market place.”

The design, build and operate service will dovetail with CE360, Norland’s award-winning white-space management solution which includes a bespoke set of critical environment-specific risk mitigation processes and procedures known as CERM as well as ICT infrastructure, Professional Services and more general FM capabilities.

Robert said: “I look forward to demonstrating the customer benefits of a converged approach between construction, ICT infrastructure fit-out and facilities management services. Norland is in a pivotal position to define the standard to which high-availability data centre services are created and delivered.”

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