SkyWorld Development Group is reiterating its pledge to inject value into each project by prioritising quality workmanship with the launch of its SkyWorld Quality Centre at the SkyArena Setapak.
The centre is open to homeowners or prospective house buyers, consultants, civil engineers, university students as well as consultants and civil engineers looking to develop a deeper understanding of recognising quality-compliant finishing.
Volunteering to undergo stringent evaluations to raise its own standards, the group aims to achieve scores of 80% and above to meet the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) evaluation methods.
These include the Quality Assessment System In Construction (Qlassic) or Construction Quality Assessment System (Conquas) evaluations.
The RM3.8mil SkyWorld Quality Centre that spans 13,000sqft received a score of 85% by Qlassic.
“When I founded SkyWorld back in 2008, we took years to build a strong foundation and find our footing as a city developer,” said group managing director Datuk Ng Thien Phing.
“As we progressed in our quest to transform the city and provide the ultimate SkyLiving experience, we learnt that our purchasers are more selective and well-informed. In fact, some can only afford one home in their lifetime.
“We spoke to CIDB and found that there were about 7,600 projects and developments completed each year, of which only 4.1% were quality certified,” Ng said, adding that the group aimed to be part of the top 4%.
He went on to add that the only way to ensure such quality is through commitment, and moving away from traditional ways of washing their hands off a project once it has been bought, despite complaints on its workmanship.
“That is why we have taken the initiative to train, educate and show people how to look out for quality in workmanship.
“The first thing for us to do is to transform staff mindset and to upgrade their work to the level we want by training our contractors, subcontractors and consultants,” he said.
However, despite stringent quality control, it is near impossible to build homes with zero defects.
“The art of building homes is unlike factory work where everything is computerised to near perfection.
“This involves handiwork and a large part of homes are handmade, from laying bricks to tiling floors.
“What we can do is enforce quality checklists and minimise defects so when you buy a SkyWorld home, you can be sure of our quality commitments to you,” he said.
On top of maintaining standards of quality, Ng revealed plans for strategic expansions into South-East Asian property markets, keeping Vietnam and the Philippines among others in view.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who launched the event, said the centre was a bold step in championing the dedication to quality in developments in Kuala Lumpur.
“Bank Negara 2017 quarterly bulletin reported that the supply- demand imbalances in the property market have increased since 2015 with unsold residential properties at its highest in 10 years, largely due to a mismatch between prices of new launches and buyers’ affordability, the minister said.
He added that one of the initiatives was to develop the Federal Territories Housing Scheme (Rumawip), which SkyWorld has taken part in with the SkyAwani series.
“SkyAwani homes will be the first Rumawip-compliant with the Qlassic standard.
“So far, SkyWorld has successfully launched 1,934 affordable homes under its SkyAwani 1 & 2 developments and will unveil another 1,905 affordable homes with SkyAwani 3,” he said.
Tours of the centre are estimated to be two hours long and is restricted to 25 visitors, by appointment only.
Visitors will be educated on the common issues associated with identifying quality finishing from floors and walls to ceilings, doors and windows that comply with Qlassic and Conquas standards.