Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lian Beng wins $78m Far East condo contract

CONSTRUCTION player Lian Beng Group has won a $78 million contract from Far East Group to build Centro Residences, with completion expected by January 2013.

The deal – the second in two weeks for Lian Beng – is for a 34-storey residential tower, multi-storey carpark, clubhouse, swimming pool, playground and ancillary facilities at Far East’s condominium development opposite Ang Mo Kio MRT Station. Work is expected to start this month.

Just last week, Lian Beng said it would be building a condominium at Dakota Crescent for $144 million. Taken together, the two contracts will add $222 million to the group’s order book, lifting it to $820 million.

‘As a group, we have been fairly successful in leveraging our internal resources to provide more value-added activities for our customers,’ said managing director Ong Pang Aik. ‘We are delighted to be able to work with Far East Group on another of its distinctive projects.’

Lian Beng enjoys good control over some key cost components – through ownership of its equipment fleet and ready-mix concrete facilities, in-house civil engineering expertise and an accredited training centre in Bangladesh.

As Singapore’s construction sector continues to see the return of previously deferred public and private projects, Lian Beng believes its experience of handling major projects should place it in a good position.

The group holds A1 accreditation from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), which allows it to tender for general building contracts of unlimited value.

Lian Beng shares closed unchanged at 29.5 cents yesterday.

Source: Business Times, 17 Mar 2010

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