It was reported in the Sunday Times this morning that a piece of concrete fell 40 storeys from the roof of a Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) project – Trivelis in Clementi and landed on the playground below. The incident happened last Thursday. Thankfully, nobody was injured in this incident.
Interesting (Amusing) comments from various parties on the incident
It was a very unfortunate incident, but the comments by different parties were pretty interesting (amusing) in SPK’s opinion.
Firstly, the developer, EL Development, claimed that ‘lightning struck the rooftop of Block 311C, resulting in a piece of concrete dislodging from the precast concrete façade’.
Wow! It probably sounded as if EL Development either had a 24-hour monitoring system at the rooftop of Trivelis, to be able to detect and record a lightning striking the rooftop at any time, or the developer has stationed someone at Trivelis on 24-7 basis to report any unusual sightings. Or maybe the developer has a team of forensic experts in meteorology to certify its claim. Looks like the security at Trivelis is well-covered (and probably at the expense of the privacy of residents)!
Anyway, putting jokes aside, let’s give EL Development the benefit of doubt that what it claimed was true. The next comment that makes SPK ponder much would be the statement from town council that outrightly refuted EL Development’s claim, saying that the town council did not share the developer’s view on the cause of this incident. This strongly-worded comment doesn’t sound like a typical PR statement that would usually claim that ‘investigations are going on and no further comments could be given’.
So what is going on behind the scene? SPK doesn’t know and could only try to second guess here.
Are Singaporean property buyers discerning enough?
This incident brought up one question in SPK’s mind – Are Singaporean property buyers discerning enough on the quality of the projects that they are buying?
Most of the time, buyers go into a show flat, looking at location, layout, facilities, amenities, finishing materials, unit provision and pricing etc. Probably one of the last things that come to their mind is the quality of the project.
With the strict rules and regulations in Singapore, property buyers might have taken things for granted and trust that the authorities like BCA or URA would have probably taken care of any quality-related issues during the TOP inspection.
EL Development is not new to controversies. As reported in the news articles, there were already reported complaints on defects in Trivelis back in 2015 and in 2016, there was also news report about residents at La Fiesta complaining about defects and over-sized aircon ledges in the development.
Well, to be fair, defects are common in new developments and developers typically are able to rectify and satisfy the complaints of customers. But it is quite rare for buyers to take these issues out to the public. For the buyers to do so, it might reflect a lot of the frustration and dissatisfaction that they had during the rectification process.
Did such negative reports result in any impact to the developer? It does not seem so! EL Development’s latest project Parc Riviera at West Coast is still selling like hotcakes! 657 units out of the total 752 units have been sold to date, a year after its launch.
All the best to the buyers.
So, is it time for Singaporean buyers to be more discerning on the quality of condominiums that they are buying?