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LANDSLIDE AT CLEMENTI BTO CONSTRUCTION SITE, ALL WORKS ORDERED TO STOP BY BCA

A message has been circulating on Whatsapp and confirmed by the Housing and Development Board and the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.

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A landslide occurred at a construction site of a BTO HDB estate at Clementi, and BCA has since issued a Stop Work Order to the builders while engineers conduct investigations into the incident.

The circulating message on Whatsapp

A three-storey wall structure under construction at an HDB site in Clementi collapsed, cracking up the Ulu Pandan PCN and pushing a huge chunk of the riverbank along Sungei Ulu Pandan onto the waterway, forming a land bridge across to the track on the opposite PCN. Workers said the collapse happened around 1am.

HDB & BCA’s response

HDB’s statement

A landslide occurred this morning, 2 September 2022, at a BTO construction site in Clementi. The incident resulted in soil displacement into Sungei Ulu Pandan, causing damage to the Ulu Pandan park connector. A male passerby, who suffered some minor injuries and was attended to at site, is now resting at home. Agencies are in touch with him to render any further assistance that may be necessary. There is no other reported injury.

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The affected areas of the park connector have been cordoned off for public safety. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the incident area.

HDB is working with NParks, PUB and BCA to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, and carry out the necessary recovery actions.

As part of our safety process and precautionary measures, we have checked the nearby completed, but yet to be occupied, blocks and confirmed that they remain structurally sound.

BCA’s statement

BCA engineers have responded to a slope failure incident at Ulu Pandan park connector, near Clementi Avenue 6, this morning, and are currently on site to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident with the other relevant agencies.

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BCA and HDB engineers, together with the Qualified Person (who is a Professional Engineer), have also assessed the buildings in the immediate vicinity and confirmed that they remain structurally sound.

As an immediate measure, the Builder and Professional Engineer are required to carry out slope stabilisation measures and put in place monitoring instruments to monitor the soil movement. Meanwhile, BCA has issued a Stop Work Order for the affected location. Works for the buildings, which are not affected, can proceed.

BCA will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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