Tiong Seng Contractors clinches top BCA award

Local builder Tiong Seng Contractors, the company behind projects such as Sentosa Integrated Resorts and St Regis Hotel, was one of the biggest winners at the Building Construction Authority (BCA) awards ceremony.

The home-grown company was the top winner of the Build Environment Leadership Award, receiving the Platinum Star at the ceremony on Wednesday for its "sustained leadership, excellence and innovation in Singapore's built environment industry".

Founded in 1959, Tiong Seng has leveraged new technologies to pilot many innovative construction methods and equipment in its projects, such as developing Singapore's first integrated precast automation hub and adopting advanced formwork and precast systems.

"It is a great honour for us to receive the Platinum Star award," said Mr Pek Lian Guan, the company's managing director.

"We will continue to forge strong partnerships to put in place the infrastructure and resources necessary to enhance capabilities, increase productivity and engage in innovation, so we can jointly develop our construction industry into an advanced and integrated sector," he added.

BCA gave out 536 awards in total this year, recognising the exemplary projects and best practices of various project teams, developers and practitioners in the sector.

Mr Pek Lian Guan says his company will continue to innovate.
Mr Pek Lian Guan says his company will continue to innovate. ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

Minister of State for Manpower and National Development Zaqy Mohamad, who was guest of honour at the ceremony, provided an update on the BuildSG movement launched last year to foster tripartite collaboration in the transformation of the built environment sector.

He noted that there was a more than 2 per cent improvement in site productivity last year.

He said this was only possible because built environment projects had increasingly adopted Design for Manufacturing and Assembly technologies - a highly productive method of construction that moves traditional on-site work into an off-site factory environment.

Mr Zaqy on Wednesday announced two initiatives to help the industry adopt Design for Maintainability (DfM), which ensures that buildings are designed to be efficient and safe to maintain.

The new Maintainable Design Appraisal System (MiDAS) is a practical tool which helps developers and designers optimise their design for more efficient operations and maintenance across a building's lifespan.

MiDAS will be piloted in about 10 private and public projects this year, said a BCA spokesman.

BCA has also developed a DfM Guide for Municipal Infrastructure, which compiles good design practices for public municipal facilities.

Mr Zaqy also announced the launch of the new iBuildSG Leadership Engagement and Development framework - a partnership involving BCA, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design - to support talent development within the sector.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2019, with the headline 'Tiong Seng Contractors clinches top BCA award'. Print Edition | Subscribe