Business Times - 19 May 2009
Eight winners for BCA awards
6 awards, 2 merit certificates to be given for excellence
By JESSICA YEO
(SINGAPORE) Six awards and two certificates of merit will be given out in the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Construction Excellence Awards this year, out of 15 nominations.
There was notable improvement in the quality of the projects and performance of the winners, BCA said.
Of the eight winners, five were private residential developments.
Woh Hup won two Construction Excellence Awards for their projects Blossoms @ Woodleigh and Icon this year, both private residential developments achieving high Conquas (Construction Quality Assessment) points of 92.6 and 90.4 respectively.
The company built nine out of 16 private residential projects which have a Conquas score of 90 and above, and seven of these have also received the BCA Quality Mark certification.
The other winning projects are St Regis Hotel, Residences @ Evelyn, Citylights Condominium, The Tresor, Ferry Terminal at Marina Coastal Drive and 36 Kaki Bukit Place.
The assessment of nominations is based on the builder's overall management of the project, the builder's technical capability and innovations, and the quality of the completed project.
Launched in 1986, the annual competition principally recognises builders' workmanship, focusing on downstream post-design work such as project management, technical capability and quality of the completed project.
BCA added that about 44 per cent of units launched last year were committed to their BCA Quality Mark Scheme, which seeks to ensure the consistent delivery of quality homes from a prescribed standard.
About 26,000 residential units have been committed or assessed to date.
Projects that received the mark have reportedly scored much higher in Conquas and received little or less feedback on defects, BCA said.
Potential major defects and leakages in about five per cent of total units assessed were also detected and rectified before being handed over to home owners.
The awards ceremony will be held next Wednesday.