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-       17 award winners and 11 certificates of merit in 2012
-       High quality condominiums on the rise, fuelled by improvements to construction quality and workmanship standards as well as higher expectations for building quality
-       Woh Hup (Private) Limited clinches the most number of awards in two consecutive years
Singapore, 25 April 2012More residential developments will receive the Construction Excellence Award this year – 10 awards and 7 certificates of merit are conferred to residential buildings this year, compared to 5 awards and 5 certificates of merit given out in 2011. The total number of award winners and certificates of merit this year is the same as last year.
“The increase is largely attributed to more high quality condominiums, fuelled by improvements to construction quality and workmanship standards as well as higher expectations for building quality,” commented Mr Lai Huen Poh, Chairman of the Construction Excellence Award Assessment Committee comprising a panel of judges from the industry.
The average Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS) score for buildings in general has risen to 85.7 compared to 76.5 ten years ago. Also, there are over 47,000 private residential units committed or assessed under the BCA Quality Mark (QM) scheme to date.
“This year, condominiums like The Arte, The Orchard Residences, The Cascadia, Wilkie Studio and Marina Bay Residences emerged top performers in the residential building category for construction excellence, with CONQUAS scores above 94. Besides achieving high quality, these projects also meet other criteria such as safety, sustainability, buildability, and innovativeness,” Mr Lai added.
For example, Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd constructed The Orchard Residences, its first Quality Mark certified project, through productive construction methods such as precast construction and the installation of unitised curtain walls. This helped improve construction productivity and buildability, while achieving good structural finishes. Also, stringent in-process quality control checks ensured quality internal finishes.
City Developments Limited (CDL) is the developer for both The Arte and Wilkie Studio. Mr Anthony Chia, Director of Projects, CDL said, “CDL takes pride in the high quality standards of our developments. BCA’s CONQUAS and QM provide a trusted and comprehensive assessment system to measure the quality of construction and workmanship excellence, and serve as a validation of our product quality. These authoritative endorsements are especially important as expectations of quality excellence by homebuyers are ever-increasing. Securing good CONQUAS scores and meeting QM standards continue to be a priority for CDL.” 
Local builder Woh Hup (Private) Limited also clinched the highest number of Construction Excellence Awards for the second consecutive year. To meet the changing demands of the construction industry and consistently deliver high quality, innovative building solutions, builders at Woh Hup are trained to meet stringent quality control guidelines, and overcome construction difficulties through innovations to the construction process and good project management.
This year, Woh Hup received 3 awards for its projects - The Cascadia, Marina Bay Residences and The Seafront on Meyer. All three projects attained high CONQUAS scores of 95.6, 94.4 and 93.0 respectively.
Commenting on the achievement, Mr Eugene Yong Kon Yoon, Director, Woh Hup (Private) Limited said, “Woh Hup is honoured to be receiving 3 Construction Excellence Awards this year, this adds up to a total of 34 Construction Excellence and Merits Awards that we have received to date. These awards reflect well on the consistency in quality of our work and the continuous improvements of our Quality Management System. It requires that the skills and knowledge of our staff and workers be upgraded by the various training courses provided. Woh Hup is grateful to our partners, namely the developers, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers and our staff for their hard work, commitment and teamwork, to make the projects a success.”
Other notable projects this year include Shuqun Secondary School, with a CONQUAS score of 93.0, the highest score under the institutional building category to date. Ion Orchard and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital are also top performers in the commercial/mixed development and institutional building categories respectively.
Since the Construction Excellence Award was introduced in 1986, BCA has conferred 187 awards and 180 certificates of merit. BCA continues to recognise the commitment and efforts of builders, developers and consultants in delivering construction excellence in our built environment.
The winners of this year's BCA Construction Excellence Award will receive their award at the BCA Awards on 24 May 2012.
Issued by the Building and Construction Authority on 25 April 2012
About BCA
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. BCA’s mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment, as these are four key elements where BCA has a significant influence. In doing so, it aims to differentiate Singapore’s built environment from those of other cities and contribute to a better quality of life for everyone in Singapore. Hence, its vision is to have "the best built environment for Singapore, our distinctive global city". Together with its education arm, the BCA Academy of the Built Environment, BCA works closely with its industry partners to develop skills and expertise that help shape the best built environment for Singapore. For more information, visit
About CONQUAS® and Quality Mark
The Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS®) was introduced in Singapore since 1989. The construction indust ry used CONQUAS® as a defacto national yardstick to assess the quality of building projects in Singapore,
The BCA Quality Mark for Good Workmanship Scheme was launched on the 1 July 2002 to help developers meet the rising expectation of Singaporeans for better quality homes. The scheme i s currently applicable to private residential building projects and the residential part of mixed development projects.
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