Cracks at void deck of Boon Lay Drive block are non-structural defects: Town Council

Submitted by Stomper Apid

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Stomper Apid was concerned after discovering cracks on the paintwork and and what he thought was ‘damaged plastering’ at the void deck of Block 181B Boon Lay Drive.

Apid told Stomp that he started noticing the cracks back in April this year but was unsure who he could turn to.

He said that the although there were just a few cracks, these gradually became bigger. 

Said Apid: “This is a relatively new block that was completed back in 2012 or 2013. 

"I moved in not long after this block was completed. It’s just been like five or six years and the cracks are all showing already.

"I’m worried about the safety of our block now."

In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman from West Coast Town Council said that the cracks occurred on the skim coat.

A skim coat is a paint texturing technique used to give a plaster-like appearance.

Stomp understands the skim coat is significantly thinner than standard plastering, measuring only about 1mm to 3mm in thickness.

The town council added that there is no safety issue as these cracked or damaged plaster skim coat are non-structural defects.

Investigation by the town council also revealed that the skim coat had not bonded to the structure.

The paint thus cracked and fell off. 

The town council will also arrange for contractors to repair the damage.