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17 buildings completed removal of non-compliant cladding

Of the 34 buildings identified to have used non-compliant cladding, 17 have already completed the removal of the cladding, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

In August, SCDF announced that two models of the Alubond brand composite panel, which was used as cladding on external walls of buildings, were found to be non-compliant with Fire Code requirements.

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The discovery of the non-compliant cladding comes after an industrial building at 30 Toh Guan Road caught fire in May, resulting in the death of a 54-year-old woman, reported Channel News Asia.

In its update, SCDF said the 17 other buildings are in the process of removing the non-compliant cladding.

It also revealed that it has identified two more composite panel models – Bolliya and Bolli-Core FR – that may not be Class “0” certified. SCDF noted that seven buildings may be affected by the new finding.

Another two building projects may also be affected by other non-compliant models of composite panels.

“Investigations are ongoing to determine how the non-compliant composite panels which do not meet Fire Code requirements for use as cladding, came to be used for these building projects.”

Buildings with unrestricted public access are JTC LaunchPad @ one-north and Vista Point at 548 Woodlands Drive 44.

SCDF said it has contacted all affected building owners.

“All affected building owners whose cladding are found to be non-compliant with Fire Code requirements must work with their qualified persons to remove the affected cladding within 60 days, starting from the ground level.”

“In the meantime, the building owners will be required to further strengthen fire safety practices by ensuring that their fire safety systems are in good order, enhancing vigilance of their personnel, and removing fire hazards.”

SCDF added that it is working with certification bodies and qualified persons to check for other buildings with non-compliant cladding.

It is also reviewing its fire safety regulations and certification processes on “the use of composite panels as cladding with a view further tightening them”.

The result of the review will be announced in 2018.


This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.

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Greenest buildings in Singapore

Artist’s impression of the 150,000 sq ft Urban Park at Tanjong Pagar Centre. Source: GuocoLand

Singapore’s Garden City vision was started in the 1960s by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Thousands of trees were planted along roads and in housing estates to transform the city into a flourishing garden.

The country’s bold plan to go green has evolved over the years as environmental issues such as climate change take centre stage. For instance, more developers are now encouraged to adopt sustainability into their building designs.

At the recent PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Singapore) 2017, developer GuocoLand was hailed as an exemplary innovator for its integrated development Tanjong Pagar Centre, which was fully completed in early 2017.

At 290m high, it is the tallest building in the Garden City and quite possibly the greenest too, picking up the Best Green Development prize for incorporating well-designed public spaces as well as sustainable and green amenities.

The project stands out for its 150,000 sq ft Urban Park, which is directly linked to Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Visitors can enjoy its lush greenery and take part in community events such as group exercise sessions or watch music performances.

Here’s a look at four other properties which have scored top marks for being green.


PARKROYAL on Pickering

PARKROYAL on Pickering

Dubbed the first eco-friendly hotel in Singapore, the project at Upper Pickering was completed in 2013. Developed by UOL Group, it features over 160,000 sq ft of sky gardens and achieves total energy savings of 3.5 million kilowatt hours per year. This is equivalent to the energy consumption of more than 8,500 households.




Completed in 2014, the 40-storey Grade A office building near Raffles Place MRT station is touted as one of the greenest commercial buildings in Singapore. Designed by Toyo Ito, more than half of the building’s façade is covered by plants. At the top sits a red and white sculptural petalled wind scoop that helps to draw in cooler air, and channels it to the floors below. 


The Criterion

The Criterion

The Criterion in Yishun comprises 505 executive condominium (EC) units spread across 10 blocks. CDL launched the project in 2015 and it boasts free-to-use electric bicycles with a solar charging station – a first for an EC project. This encourages residents to adopt a green mode of transport and reduces their carbon footprint.


Paya Lebar Quarter

Paya Lebar Quarter

The $ 3.2 billion mixed-use project by Lendlease in Paya Lebar is slated for completion in 2019 and offers more than 100,000 sq ft of green public spaces. Aside from high efficiency water fittings and more efficient air-conditioning systems, there will also be end-of-trip facilities and bicycle parking spaces to promote cycling among tenants.


Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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URA confers heritage award to 2 buildings

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, one of the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore is one of the recipients of the Architectural Heritage Award. (Photo: URA)

In recognition for the high standard of restoration work done, two buildings received the Architectural Heritage Awards from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday (31 October 2017).

Among them is Singapore’s oldest Catholic Church, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in A Queen Street that has been meticulously restored and successfully rejuvenated with the help of an archaeologist, a pipe organ restorer and a stained glass restorer.

“For over 170 years, the passage of time took its toll on the church, both structurally and aesthetically. In this restoration, the team opted for maximum retention to keep the layers of history while bringing the facilities up-to-date,” said the URA.

In fact, the Roman Catholic Church of Singapore hired Architects 61 Pte Ltd and engineering firm ECAS Consultants Pte Ltd for the restoration. The contractor was Shanghai Chong Kee Furniture & Construction Pte Ltd, with conservation specialist Studio Lapis involved in the project as well.

The other award recipient is The Warehouse Hotel along 320 Havelock Road that was originally built as an industrial facility in the 1930s.

For the restoration, property owner I-Hotel Pte Ltd engaged architectural firm Zarch Collaboratives Pte Ltd, engineer company JS Tan Consultants Pte Ltd and contractor Towner Construction Pte Ltd.

With the addition of the two winners in the 23rd year of the Architectural Heritage Awards, there are now a total of 130 projects that have obtained the accolade.

Meanwhile, the awards made special mention of the Red House in 75 East Coast Road that has been transformed into a local café.


This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.

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