Gamuda IBS replicates its successful RSKU projects
05 Mar 2019 | Focus Malaysia

For the first time ever, Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Amirudin Shari, Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor officiated a digital Industrialised Building System (IBS) project under the Rumah Selangorku initiative at the Idaman Residensi apartment at Seksyen 6, Selangor Cyber Valley on 2 March.

Idaman Residensi at Seksyen 6, Selangor Cyber Valley is a project by PKNS Property, a subsidiary of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) and built by Gamuda Industrial Building System Sdn Bhd (Gamuda IBS) with Malaysia’s first digital IBS factory, which was won in a competitive tender. This project marks Gamuda IBS’s first external Rumah Selangorku development that has undertaken a complete IBS initiative following the success of Gamuda’s own Gapura Bayu RSKU Apartment which was completed in August 2018.

Gapura Bayu at Jade Hills Kajang was fully built using digital Industrialised Building System (IBS)— the first RSKU of its kind in Malaysia. Thanks to the effective Digital IBS integration, these apartments were fully constructed more than 12 months ahead of schedule and sold at an affordable RM42,000 to RM250,000.

Unlike conventional construction, IBS offers a technology-intensive construction technique where components are manufactured in a controlled environment off-site, transported to site and assembled Lego-like. This is one of the reasons why Gamuda IBS will complete Idaman Residensi also 12 months ahead of schedule. The cost savings from the construction period allowed Gamuda IBS to be the most competitive tender which was also technically superior.

In a previous statement by the Ministry of Housing & Local Government, it was mentioned that although most houses built have met the minimum quality requirements set, there are still developments which have not met the standard requirements and that leads to low quality construction. The use of low-quality construction materials and lack of skilled workers also contribute to the low quality of houses built. Low usage of technology in construction and high dependency on unskilled and cheap foreign manpower also contribute to the decline in the quality of houses.

“As Gamuda IBS was awarded to construct the Idaman Residensi project through a competitive open tender, the scope of work wasn’t like other tenders. The winning company needed to include bullet financing payment, stringent quality and on-time delivery into the scope of work. I am very proud to say that we are executing all given tasks, thanks to the Digital IBS system where we leverage on today’s digital design tools and robotic construction as well as superior quality finish to complete the project earlier”, said Gamuda IBS Executive Director, Dato’ Hj Abdul Sahak Bin Safi.

Dato’ Sahak also elaborated that the Digital IBS system offers better consistent quality and faster building completion with much cost savings. Administered by the country’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), this project has also scored high in the Quality Assessment System for Building Construction Works or better known as QLASSIC. For the Idaman Residensi project, Gamuda IBS will achieve QLASSIC of 75 points, surpassing the industry achievement for affordable homes of 65 points.

“Furthermore, Gamuda IBS adopts a fully automated precast production system where we save 70% of the labour needs. Hence, we are less reliant on foreign labour. The system is also safer and much more efficient, addressing the concerns once brought forward by the Government and in sync with the Governments aspiration of building 100,000 units of affordable houses per year”, he added.

Idaman Residensi, Gamuda IBS’s first external RSKU project constructed by digital IBS that consist of 864 sizable 1,000sq ft units tucked away amidst 14.413 acres of prime land in Cyber Valley Selangor. With one 14-storey block and another 15-storey, this development consists of a 4-storey parking bay, four OKU units, motorcycle parking, three convenience shops, a kindergarten, a prayer room, a multi-purpose hall and management office.

Accompanying the Menteri Besar of Selangor at this monumental event was YBhg Puan Hajah Norita Bt Mohd Sidek, Pemangku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif PKNS, YB Puan Haniza binti Talha, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Perumahan dan Kehidupan Bandar PKNS and Tn Ir. Hj Mohamad Sharif bin Mok Som, Ketua Pegawai Teknikal PKNS.