More contractors expected to seek quality standards
THE territory could soon have the highest number of contractors in the world with ISO 9000 quality certification.
Wan Hin and Co, the civil engineering and construction subsidiary of Tak Wing Investment (Holdings), said yesterday it was the seventh contractor in the territory to be issued with the ISO 9000 certificate by the Hongkong Quality Assurance Agency.
Industry sources expect the number of companies with the certificate to rise to 12 by the end of March, setting a record.
The Housing Authority announced three years ago that as of April 1 this year only companies with world-class ISO 9000 certification would be allowed to bid for its lucrative building contracts.
This decision has served as an incentive for major private contractors to improve standards in the industry.
Mr Derek Messling, the Housing Authority's deputy director for construction, said: ''I think 12 companies with ISO 9000 registration would be enough to give us a decent tender list.'' He said the attitude towards professionalism and quality in the building industry appeared to have changed.
Mr Messling was chairman of the judging panel at yesterday's Building Manager of the Year Awards, run by the Chartered Institute of Building.
He said the awards, introduced two years ago, had also contributed to the ''very noticeable change of attitude'' in the construction industry.
The aim of the biennial awards was to recognise the excellence in an individual's skills in managing the construction of a building project.
Selection was based both on the candidates' management skills in delivering their respective projects within time and budget, and awareness of quality and safety controls.
This year's gold trophy went to Hip Hing Construction project manager Jack Lee for overseeing the speedy phase one construction of the $1 billion Hongkong University of Science and Technology complex.
Mr Lee headed 3,000 workers who completed the 1.2 million sq ft university complex in less than two years - a remarkable feat in such a short time.
''This award is a recognition of the work of the whole team,'' said Mr Lee.
Runner-up silver plates went to Gammon Construction's Mr Roy Grainger for his work on stylish commercial tower block Nine Queen's Road Central and Sanfield Building Contractors' Mr Sunny Law for the Sun Hung Kai Centre extension.