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​Congratulations to Mr Sonny Bensily for being presented the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award!

Published on: 22-Oct-2019


Civil engineer who took the plunge and never took “No” for an answer

In recognition of his extraordinary milestones with Prime Structures Engineering Pte Ltd, Nanyang Technological University is proud to present Mr Sonny Bensily with the Nanyang Alumni Achievement Award.

In 1995, after a decade in the workforce, Mr Bensily took the plunge and started Prime Structures Engineering Pte Ltd. He was inspired by his father, who himself had started a construction business. Though his father’s business had eventually failed, Mr Bensily learnt that failure is not permanent. He said in an interview: “I saw that we grew up poor, but we still survived, so I was willing to take the risk.”

Today, Prime Structures Engineering has expertise in four key areas: Building Envelopes, Customised Structures and Art Structures, Security Facades and Interior Fit-Outs. It has over 100 employees from many countries including India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and England.

Prime Structures Engineering was involved in the construction of some of Singapore’s most iconic architecture such as Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Marina Bay Sands (MBS). For MBS, Prime Structures Engineering was involved in the construction of the Ned Khan Art Wall, the podium, the canopy; and for special mention the Skypark – the company successfully cladded the belly of the ship-like platform on top of the three hotel towers which was 57 storeys above ground level.

The involvement and successful completion of construction in MBS allowed Prime Structures Engineering to build an international network and reputation, providing it the springboard to venture overseas and participate in projects such as the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, the Cancer Centre in Brunei and the casino resort and hotel complex of Okada Manila in the Philippines.

As Prime Structures Engineering’s Managing Director, Mr Bensily has received many accolades including the Singapore Indian Business Leaders Award (2016) and Singapore Successful Entrepreneur (2010). His company was placed 199 on the Financial Times’ FT List of 1000 High- Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2018 and has also been a two-time winner at the Enterprise 50 Awards, one of the top honours for privately owned local companies in Singapore.

A proud alumnus of NTU, Mr Bensily has given generously via the Sonny and Diana Bensily Bursary and Class of 1985 Pioneer Fund. He has also spoken at the Distinguished Alumni Forum in 2012.

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