At about 6.00am Wednesday morning (19 October 2016), a slab of wall attached at the top of a Circuit Road HDB block 51 fell off and smashed into the ground floor. Fortunately, no residents were in the area when the incident happened but it has shocked residents who were surprised that such an accident could even occur.
The Marine Parade Town Council told members of the press that it wass a calcium silicate cladding board that had “dislodged” from the HDB block. They have engaged a Professional Engineer together with BCA and HDB to investigate the incident. They have also inspected the affected block and other blocks in the neighbourhood to check for weaknesses in the building’s facade.
Local resident Gary shared that Circuit Road estate (Macpherson SMC under Tin Pei Ling) has many elderly residents and they may not be agile enough to avoid such falling objects. If an object from height falls on them, it could cause serious and even fatal injuries to them.
This is the second such incident of HDB blocks falling apart. The previous incident happened one month ago in Tampines where a concrete sunshade fell off a four storey HDB block.