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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gamuda Land gets highest CONQUAS rating

PETALING JAYA: Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd’s quality drive has earned the company the highest rating in the Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS) so far for landed residential and institutional buildings in Malaysia.

On Jan 25, the company’s Bandar Botanic Phase 18A and Phase 18B bungalows and Jade Hills Resort Club scored ratings of 86.9% and 80.6% respectively.

Managing director Chow Chee Wah (pic) said the achievement underscored Gamuda’s active drive to ensure high standards in all its projects. Assessments are marked over 100 points, so a higher score translates to better quality workmanship.

Chow said Gamuda was constantly raising its internal benchmarks to achieve higher workmanship standards and better quality buildings. “As a result, our scores have been steadily rising over the years,” he told StarBiz.

Chow said Gamuda Land was the first developer for landed property in the country to implement CONQUAS to build good quality residences and buildings. “There are very few developers willing to adopt the system because it incurs extra cost in construction and the process is very stringent,” he said.

Since implementing CONQUAS in Bandar Botanic in 2003, Gamuda Land has scored an average rating of 75.9%. “The quality assessment system has been extended to all the company’s townships to ensure a certain standard of workmanship across its products and to provide higher value to property buyers,” Chow added. At present, both Gamuda Land’s residential and institutional buildings are CONQUAS-assessed.

He said CONQUAS was a stringent quality assessment system that scored the structural, mechanical and electrical integrity in a newly completed building from foundation to roof.

“The implementation of CONQUAS not only improves the overall quality of the company’s products but also its construction building processes. This is because the assessment is divided into three main components – structural works, architectural works, and mechanical and electrical works.

“A CONQUAS-assessed property translates to superior quality standard which is an additional assurance by the developer to the purchaser,” Chow said.

Stressing the importance of “doing it right from the start”, Chow said having the right quality focus and mindset were mandatory.

“We observe a stringent pre-qualification of contractors to ensure only those that adopt the accepted quality practices will be shortlisted for contract tenders.

“The points they score will be used to decide the quantum of incentive payment that they will receive. This has lowered the incidences of defect liability from 0.3% of the total complaints received to 0.1%,” he said.

Implementing CONQUAS had saved Gamuda considerably in defect rectification operation costs during the defect liability period, according to Chow. “We have cut down at least 40% of our rectification works cost. This shows that if things are done right from the start (during construction), there is less to be expended on defect rectification works later,” he said.

By The Star

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