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Large crack forms on Rivervale Mall in Sengkang; BCA says no structural damage

SINGAPORE — A large crack that formed on the facade of Rivervale Mall in Sengkang has not caused any structural damage to the building, the authorities said.

Large crack forms on Rivervale Mall in Sengkang; BCA says no structural damage

An area below Rivervale Mall was cordoned off as a precaution after a large crack formed on its facade, even though there are no structural concerns with the building.

SINGAPORE — A large crack that formed on the facade of Rivervale Mall in Sengkang has not caused any structural damage to the building, the authorities said.

The crack at the top of the three-storey mall did cause some alarm, though, with some users on Facebook warning others to be careful when visiting the neighbourhood mall. They included grassroots leader Raymond Lye, who posted photos of the damage.

Mr Louis Chua, Member of Parliament (MP) for Sengkang Group Representation Constituency (GRC), updated residents on Thursday (Aug 26) that there were no structural concerns with the building but urged them to avoid the barricaded area below the crack, which had been cordoned off as a precaution. 

“The cracks were apparently due to the plastering on a non-load bearing wall, and algae on the wall made the cracks appear magnified,” he wrote on Facebook after a meeting with the mall’s management.

In response to queries, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said it sent an engineer to inspect the damage on Wednesday after it was alerted to a photo of the crack on social media.

Although the engineer found that the structural integrity of the building was not affected, barriers were put in place until the building’s management completes the necessary rectification work.

BCA said: “Preliminary investigation showed that the top portion of the concrete facade wall was separated from the adjoining brick wall.” 

It added that the engineer observed that the crack has been patched up before.

The authority has directed the building’s management to engage a professional engineer to investigate the defect and to recommend permanent rectification works to be done.

Barriers were put in place outside Rivervale Mall until the building’s management completes the necessary rectification work. Photo: Ili Nadhirah Mansor/TODAY

On Thursday, the building’s management told TODAY that it had got a professional engineer to inspect the crack on Wednesday.

Ms Ann Nai, manager of the adjacent Rivervale Crest condominium, who oversees the common areas of the mall, said: “We're waiting for the engineer's report and his proposal before we can take action.”

She also said that she has no knowledge of when the crack was last patched up because she took over the role two months ago. She found out about the damage on Wednesday morning.

Rivervale Mall opened in 2000 and was fully refurbished in 2017, the mall’s website states.

Mr Chua said that the mall had completed its structural inspection in 2018 and is set to start repairs and redecoration works early next year after Chinese New Year in February.

“The entire facade will then be refurbished by then, and residents can look forward to a refreshed mall after its completion,” the Sengkang GRC MP said.  

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