Building quality homes for all

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017

Lee (right) showing a chipped tile as one of the examples of defects that visitors can expect at the SkyWorld Quality Centre, while a SkyWorld employee holds a tapping rod to check for hollow- sounding tiles.

PROPERTY developer SkyWorld believes everyone can and should be able to afford quality homes.

SkyWorld demonstrates this by making sure its developments are compliant with the Quality Assessment System for Building Construction Works (Qlassic) or Construction Quality Assessment System (Conquas) standards set by the Construction Industry Development Board in Malaysia and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority, respectively.

But how much do homebuyers know about quality?

Defects caused during construction may or may not be apparent, and by the time the homeowner realises them, it may be too late or past the defects liability period.

In this respect, SkyWorld’s RM3.8mil SkyWorld Quality Centre acts as a benchmark for quality construction for all its developments.

Situated at SkyWorld Property Gallery in SkyArena, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, the 7,500sq ft structure will feature various sections including bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen while boasting a mini auditorium which seats 30 people, and a SkyWorld lounge.

The centre will cater to homeowners, business associates, consultants, university students and the public who want to learn more about the quality of certified workmanship in Malaysia.

SkyWorld chief operating officer Lee Chee Seng said the centre would help homeowners identify quality-related shortcomings that they might not be able to spot.

“We will showcase comparisons between Qlassic and Conquas-compliant finishing and unacceptable finishing.

“Using a spirit level, for example, we can show you how it can indicate a wall or floor’s evenness, or spot hollow-sounding tiles with a tapping rod.

“There will also be tutorial videos explaining quality requirements and how to tell the differences,” explained Lee.

Artist’s impression of The Valleys, SkySierra Setiawangsa.
Artist’s impression of The Valleys, SkySierra Setiawangsa.

He said the centre would help employees pay more attention to quality.

“We also hope this will lead to a better attitude towards quality workmanship among building contractors,” Lee said.

Even before construction begins, the company is making sure that quality is in place.

During the tender process for construction contracts, potential contractors will be screened through interviews with SkyWorld’s Quality Assurance, Quality Control (QA/QC) manager.

“We need to test their knowledge on Qlassic and Conquas. Contrac-tors will have to tell us how they plan to achieve those requirements and they will educate the workers.

“We will also visit the contractors’ past projects to see their workmanship. The chosen contractor and team will then need to go through training sessions so that they follow the right method.

“If you can deliver a project but without quality, purchasers will think twice before buying another property from you,” explained Lee.

He added that fixing problems only after a project had been completed would incur more cost and time.

To-date, all SkyWorld projects are Qlassic-compliant while its SkyLuxe On The Park in Bukit Jalil is Conquas-certified. This assures purchasers of SkyWorld’s quality commitment.

The SkyWorld Quality Centre will be launched and opened to the public on Jan 18, 2018.

Tours will be held once a week, and those interested can register via SkyWorld’s website.

The developer will also be having a soft launch this month for two of its projects: SkySierra @ Setiawangsa and SkyMeridien @ Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.

The first phase of SkySierra, called The Valleys, is a three-tower condominium of 1,309 units, with built-up areas between 800sq ft and 1,318sq ft.

Spanning 1.89ha, the leasehold development will feature an eight-level podium carpark, gyms and an Olympic-size swimming pool, among others.

It will also have a 1.63ha green landscape and a white facade designed for a modern and contemporary look.

SkySierra is easily accessed via major highways such as the Duta-Klang Expressway, extensions of DUKE, the Middle Ring Road 2 and Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway.

Also made accessible by these highways is SkyMeridien, a two-tower serviced residences which will boast more than 32 resort-inspired facilities.

This includes gyms, an Olympic-size swimming pool with saltwater, children’s trail games, arcade game room, launderette, mini mart and floating seating deck.

It also has an automated waste management system, four-tier security features and facilities for rock climbing, futsal and basketball.

Residents will find its location convenient as just 300m away is the Sentul Timur LRT station, while other LRT, KTM and MRT stations can be found within a 5km radius.

There are a total of 780 units with built-up areas starting from 581sq ft to 1,318sq ft.

Prices for both The Valleys and SkyMeridien start from below RM400,000.

Keen registrants can visit for details.

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