Posted by: happyangelclub | 四月 2, 2011

31-3-2011 at Telok Blangah Crescent Blk15

Concerning lift upgrading at Telok Blangah Crescent Block 13,15,16 

I heard that after Block 13, 15, and 16 at Telok Blangah Crescent had been upgraded in 2000,
every floor had a balcony added to it, and now these balconies were to be removed to make
way for an elevator that stopped at every floor. 

Yesterday, I went there to take a look, and took some photographs.

This is a really beautiful place; because of the upgrading work a few years ago had been done
well, this housing block and its surroundings looked beautiful, giving residents the feeling of living
in a condominium.

The round balconies that were built along each corridor were especially eye-catching and
prominent; they were beautiful, and it would be a pity to have to do away with these balconies.

A Madam Tan who lived at Blk15 said to me: “You should quickly take photographs, if not you will not have the chance to take photographs after the balconies are removed. You see, I took many photographs myself. What a pity! But there’s no choice, because there are many
elderly residents living here, for whom the elevator is important. We cannot grow flowers on these balconies in the future.”

Is there some other option that does not involve removing these balconies? Is there some way
to avoid this waste and regret?

Before starting work, had the contractor presented the best possible plan to the Tanjong Pagar Town Council?

Last year, during the upgrading of Jurong East Block 204, the contractor wanted to build a wall on the second floor. His actions were strongly protested by the residents, and he finally changed his plans, listened to the residents, and made the required improvements.

After the elevator had been upgraded in a particular housing block along Clementi Avenue 5,
the elevator still could not stop at every floor, thereby trapping the handicapped residents in
their houses. When Jurong East Block 246 had been upgraded, and the contractors were
dealing with the various problems of the old design, they had a way to solve this problem and
ensure that the lift stopped at every floor. Why? I would like to invite HDB and the Town
Council to engage in discussions with more experienced contractors, before finally making an
appropriate decision that does not hurt the interests of residents.

If the contractor just removes the balconies, and makes that space into a connecting
passageway for the lift, then how about the two parts on either side, will they do to this what
they will did to Block 44?

I entreat HDB planning architects make proper plans before constructing a housing block, so as
to avoid situations where they will have to build and then remove sections of the block.

听说2000年翻新过Telok Blangah Crescent Blk13 15 16等等,每一层楼都加了阳台,现在要把每一层的阳台拆除掉变成每一层有电梯。











  1. From: Nguan Teck TEO
    Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 3:01 PM

    Dear Ms Lim,

    I refer to your feedback to REACH on the Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) at Telok Blangah Crescent.

    2. The objective of LUP is to provide direct lift access to residents. Currently, the existing lifts at this precinct do not serve all floors and stop at the half landing. To provide direct lift access to the residents, the new lift shaft is sited at the location of the existing balcony fronting the staircase. There is a need to remove the existing balcony at the common area to facilitate the creation of the new lift landings at every floor.

    3. We would also like to inform you that the design was briefed and endorsed by the LUP Working Committee comprising grassroots leaders and representatives from the Town Council and HDB.

    4. We thank you for your feedback.

    Yours sincerely,



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