Taking no chances when it comes to fire safety

Workers removing cladding from Our Tampines Hub last week. The project has non-compliant external cladding panels that comprise less than 5 per cent of the building's facade. The issue of using combustible building cladding was highlighted when a fir
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Workers removing cladding from Our Tampines Hub last week. The project has non-compliant external cladding panels that comprise less than 5 per cent of the building's facade. The issue of using combustible building cladding was highlighted when a fire in an industrial complex in Toh Guan Road broke out in May, causing the death of a 54-year-old woman. Since then, the Singapore Civil Defence Force has found the Singapore Pools building in Middle Road to have cladding that also does not adhere to fire safety standards, joining a list of 15 other buildings that have non-compliant material on their facades.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2017, with the headline 'Taking no chances when it comes to fire safety'. Print Edition | Subscribe