Name of Recipient: Mr. Tan Poo Seng
Mr. Tan Poo Seng
Founded in 1997, Top Zone Construction & Engineering Pte Ltd is a construction firm specializing in the construction and operation of temporary dormitory spaces for workers in government and private projects. They are also involved in building site offices, providing manpower management services as well as supplying crane equipments with specialist operators.
Today, Top Zone employs over 600 people, a far cry from their humble beginning of five employees. This has been made possible under the leadership of their director, Mr. Tan Poo Seng, who has overseen the company’s steady increase in annual turnover over the last few years. Mr. Tan studied civil engineering in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and worked for four years before deciding to strike out on his own.
Over the years, Top Zone has established their reputation as a reliable and competent contractor through a series of high profile projects. One notable project they have been heavily involved in is the construction of Singapore’s new Downtown line. Tasked with building fully-equipped site offices across multiple stages, they have completed each project within stipulated deadlines and to client specifications. From Orchard to Thomson, Jalan Besar and Ubi, Top Zone has demonstrated that they are able to adjust to different environments while still operating efficiently and safely.
Another significant project the company has completed is the design and construction of a dormitory for foreign workers in Woodlands. The dormitory was proposed to hold 1,500 workers and consisted of several three to four storey blocks. Besides pre-fabrication working and living spaces, Top Zone also extends their services to construct temporary fencing such as hoarding, gate works and noise barriers for construction sites.
When asked if there were any past projects he felt especially proud of, Mr. Tan chose to highlight his company’s participation in the construction of Marina Bay Sands as one which he fondly remembers. He recalls the large scope of the project, sharing that at one point he had up to a thousand workers under payroll.
Top Zone’s proven track record and experience makes them an ideal candidate for future development works in Singapore. Mr. Tan shares that he feels his company is well-positioned and is confident of securing upcoming jobs. Going into more detail, he cites the construction of Changi Airport Terminal 5, the North-South highway and next stage of the Downtown line as some of the projects he is looking to participate in. As such, in preparation for the upcoming projects Mr. Tan is hoping to progressively ramp up his workforce by hiring 300 more workers.
In an extremely competitive industry, price can be the deciding factor when it comes to clinching a project. On the flipside, lowering prices to be competitive can also make it difficult to make a profit. Mr. Tan revealed that his company makes their prices competitive by making internal adjustments to lower cost and squeeze margins without compromising on their build quality.
Besides having an extensive account of well-documented completed projects, Top Zone also has an exhaustive list of certificates, licenses, registrations and awards as a testament to the quality of their work. In this list are multiple ISO certifications, bizSAFE as well as recognition and approval from various industry associations and government bodies. Some of the awarding organizations include the Singapore Contractors Association, Singapore Welding Society and National Environment Agency.
When asked for his thoughts on how to succeed in the construction industry, Mr. Tan shared the rules that he lives by, “Firstly, study in detail to be competent in what you are doing. Secondly, aim to complete projects in a timely manner. Focusing on speed and safety is crucial but quality should also not be compromised. Lastly, maintain a good relationship with your clients.”
Under Mr. Tan’s leadership, Top Zone has firmly established itself as one of the finest companies in their industry. Built on the four tenets laid out by their director, the company has achieved its success through honesty, hard work and delivering on their promises. With the foundations for continued prosperity securely in place, Top Zone looks set to add more to their accolades in times to come.
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