Tiong Seng’s precast solution for Myanmar affordable housing
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Tiong Seng Holdings Limited has recently completed the construction of Yuzana low-cost housing units in the Dagon Seikkan township in Yangon, Myanmar. With a total of seven five-storey residential blocks, six were built using semi-precast methods while the latest one was completed with the prefabricated pre-finished volumetric construction (PPVC) technologies implemented by the company.

This batch of low-cost housing units is part of the development project awarded by the Myanmar government via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Tiong Seng’s joint venture partners, Shwe Taung Group.

Using the PPVC technologies, total construction time taken for the latest five-storey development block, consisting of 60 units at 400 sq ft (37 sq m) per unit, spanned a mere three months from start to finish, according to Tiong Seng. Inclusive of the laying of foundations, installation of precast modules, roofing works, rounded off by some ancillary installations and finishing touches, the residential block was delivered at a rapid pace, while yielding substantial productivity improvements from a reduction of manual labour required on-site.

Tiong Seng pointed out that conventional construction methods would have taken upwards of six months to complete instead, representing approximately a 40% reduction in time taken when applying the company’s advanced precast capabilities. The speedy installation of ready-for-assembly precast modules within 24 days contributed to the bulk of the time saved. In contrast, reinforced concrete works under conventional methods would have taken at least 80 days instead.

Such precast solution is considered a relatively new approach towards construction in Myanmar, and Tiong Seng believes that further optimisation of the precast installation phase is achievable as familiarity of the building system kicks in.

‘Tripod Strategy’

In its most recently announced financial results, Tiong Seng also introduced its latest initiative, ‘Tripod Strategy’, a three-pronged approach aimed at driving overall growth via its Construction, Property Development and Engineering Solutions business segments. The Yuzana residential development in Myanmar is one of the first few projects that demonstrate the viability of monetising the company’s accumulated suite of construction technologies.

“Our joint venture with Shwe Taung to establish a precast factory in Myanmar has yielded promising results thus far. With the Yuzana housing units successfully completed, we have essentially showcased the potential efficiencies that can be reaped from our well-oiled precast building system,” said Pek Lian Guan, CEO of Tiong Seng Holdings Limited.

“Furthermore, our proficiency in performing advanced precast works presents practical solutions crucial to addressing Myanmar’s housing supply issue. Due to the growing and urgent need for affordable housing in the country, our achievements are timely and have garnered much attention and support from the local government as well.”

Mr Pek added, “The relative ease of adoption of our construction capabilities has value-added our partner in Myanmar and our conscious efforts to scale Engineering Solutions internationally is gaining the business traction we set out to achieve. This is in-line with the ‘Tripod Strategy’ we had in mind as we kickstart 2018 on a high note whilst continuing to prospect for growth opportunities.

“As an advocate of taking a manufacturing approach to construction, our successful export of Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA) technologies to Myanmar has further reinforced our goal of providing efficient and effective building solutions beyond our shores. More importantly, the scalability of this asset-light business model sets a platform for us to monetise our suite of construction technologies that we have accumulated in our portfolio over the years, as we set our sights on expanding our reach into other cities and regions.”

Tiong Seng is one of the leading building construction and civil engineering contractors based in Singapore. It holds the highest grading of A1 from the Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) for both general building and civil engineering, which qualifies the the company to undertake public sector construction projects with unlimited contract value.

Tiong Seng’s property development business focuses on developing residential and commercial projects in various second- and third-tier cities in China. The company has successfully developed properties in Tianjin, Suzhou and Yangzhou and it currently has four on-going projects in the Bohai Economic Rim, which is one of the main economic zones in the China.