Coronavirus: Building projects face delays as supplies get held up

Far left: The Avenue South Residence project is facing construction delays because of a disruption in the deliveries of supplies from China, where factory openings are deferred. Left: A man getting his temperature taken at The Leo dormitory in Kaki B
A man getting his temperature taken at The Leo dormitory in Kaki Bukit. Besides supply chain disruptions, builders also have to contend with project delays resulting from possible infections among their workers.ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

The sixth storey of the imposing Avenue South Residence condominium was due to be finished this month, but the coronavirus outbreak has severely disrupted deliveries of building supplies from China as factory openings are being deferred.

Construction at the 1,074-unit project along Silat Avenue has been stuck at the fifth floor for more than two weeks because a lifting crane from Hunan did not arrive until Monday due to shipping delays, said Mr Allan Tan, managing director of United Tec Construction, Avenue South's main contractor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2020, with the headline 'Building projects face delays as supplies get held up'. Print Edition | Subscribe