Yet another section of external facade falls from same Bedok Reservoir Block

Submitted by Stomper Syed

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A part of a block's external facade fell to the ground at Bedok Reservoir on Friday afternoon (Dec 27).

Stomper Syed, a resident of the block, alerted Stomp to the incident and shared photos of debris at the foot of the Block 634 Bedok Reservoir Road and the gap left on the external wall.

"A part of the facade fell again," he said.

"Last year, it was from the ninth floor of the same block.

"This time it was from the fourth floor."

Stomp earlier reported on a part of the external facade that had fallen from Block 634 on Nov 8, 2018.

Photos of the November, 2018 incident.

"Luckily, no one was injured," said Syed.

In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman from the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) said it is aware of the incident.

"We have removed the debris and cordoned off a section of the ground floor for the safety of residents," the spokesman said.

"The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) had initially called for a meeting with the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and AHTC to discuss the rectification measures.

"However, AHTC was later informed that BCA would have a separate meeting with HDB to discuss the matter first, and would notify AHTC if a meeting was still required.

"AHTC will expedite the rectification works as soon as possible."

A BCA spokesman issued the following response to Stomp regarding the incident:

"BCA was notified about a fallen brick façade incident at Block 634 Bedok Reservoir Road which occurred on 27 December 2019.

"BCA engineers have investigated the incident and observed that a localised part of the brick façade had fallen off from an exterior wall between the 4th and 5th storey of the building.

"As an immediate precautionary measure, the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) has cordoned off the affected area below the fallen brick façade and its contractor has installed safety nettings on the affected façade.

"BCA has instructed AHTC to appoint a Professional Engineer (PE) to carry out a detailed investigation of the incident, inspect the condition of the remaining brick façade and other blocks with a similar brick façade within the precinct as well as recommend rectification measures to be carried out by AHTC."