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SG 240 tenants at Jem affected by ceiling collapse

Property Here - Friday, September 20, 2013

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Shopping mall Jem (pictured) will remain closed until further notice following Wednesday's collapse of part of a ceiling on the first floor.

More than 240 tenants at the mall are affected by the temporary closure.

On its Facebook page, Jem said it is carrying out further checks and rectification works are already underway.

Meanwhile, engineers from Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA) inspected the site yesterday and said that a “leak in the water-pipe and the weight of the water, which collected on the false ceiling, was a likely cause of the false ceiling collapse”. But they added that the structural integrity of building was not compromised.

At the same time, BCA instructed the building's owner Lend Lease to close the complex. The mall was also ordered to “get a Professional Engineer to check all the false ceilings in the mall” and investigate what caused the collapse.

This isn't the first time that the mall in Jurong East has faced controversy. In June, its opening was pushed back a few days due to a lack of fire permits; and just last month, two separate fire incidents broke out at one of the mall’s shops and in the carpark.

 

Nikki De Guzman, Junior Journalist at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email nikki@propertyguru.com.sg