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Record number of Construction Excellence Awards as high quality and productivity go hand-in-hand

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

- High quality and productivity can be achieved through the adoption of buildable designs and better material choices

Singapore, 24 April 2013 - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) will be giving out 31 awards for construction excellence this year. Comprising 18 awards and 13 certificates of merit, this is the highest number in the 27-year history of the award.

The record number of Construction Excellence Awards is in line with the significant improvement in quality and workmanship standards over the years. In particular, the average CONQUAS score of HDB flats today is 86.3 compared to 76.8 ten years ago. Also, since the BCA Quality Mark was introduced in 2002, more than 60,000 private residential units have been committed or assessed under the scheme.

Under CONQUAS, buildings are assessed on their structural integrity, architectural works and performance of mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. For example, tests are conducted on the strength of concrete or steel reinforcement of the structure and installed windows to determine their water-tightness. Floors, walls and ceilings are also checked for their finishing and signs of damages.

On the other hand, the Quality Mark focuses on the workmanship of individual residential units, covering internal finishes as well as architectural components such as wardrobes and M&E fittings like sanitary pipes and electrical switches. All bathrooms are also subjected to a water-tightness test to ensure zero leakage.

While quality is still a key judging criterion for the Construction Excellence Award, more builders are also emphasising productivity and excellent site management in their projects.

To improve both quality and productivity, Shimizu Corporation combined vertical and horizontal precast façade elements into one component for easier installation during the construction of NUS Graduate Residence at University Town. This also improved quality as it eliminated the risk of potential water seepage into the joints if the elements were cast on site.

Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd and local builder Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd also adopted drywall and prefabricated components for their projects. The result is the achievement of high quality and productivity in these projects. Both builders clinched the Construction Excellence Award for The Residences at W Singapore - Sentosa Cove and Shelford Suites respectively.

Said Mr Pek Lian Guan, Managing Director of Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd: "Tiong Seng embraces advanced construction technology and builds capabilities to deliver quality work efficiently. Productive technologies such as precast and integrated formwork system offer not only speedier construction with fewer workers, but also quality finishes with better control."

"We are glad to note that more and more developers, consultants and builders are embracing both high quality and productivity in their projects. As our award winners have shown, high quality can go hand-in-hand with productivity through the adoption of buildable designs and better material choices," said Mr Tan Tian Chong, BCA's Group Director, Technology Development and one of the assessors of the Construction Excellence Award.

Other highlights include China Construction (South Pacific) Development Co. Pte Ltd's achievement as winner of four awards for the mixed development at Clementi Town, International School Campus at Tampines, Duchess Residences and building works at Punggol West Contract 18.

Introduced in 1986, the Construction Excellence Award recognises builders' project management, technical capability, innovations, productivity as well as the workmanship quality of the completed project. 204 awards and 191 certificates of merit have been conferred to date.

Footnotes

BCA Construction Excellence Awards 2013 (2.4MB .pdf)

Portable document format version of the media release is also available (2.5MB .pdf).

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