Singapore, 19 September 2013 - On 18 September 2013, a portion of the false ceiling (approximately 50 metres long, 4 metres wide) at level 1 of JEM Shopping Mall collapsed.
Site inspections by BCA engineers early this morning revealed that there was a leak in the water-pipe and the weight of the water, which collected on the false ceiling, was a likely cause of the false ceiling collapse. The structural integrity of the building is not affected.
Nevertheless, in the interest of public safety, BCA has ordered the building owner to close off the affected area and to get a Professional Engineer to check all the false ceilings in the mall and investigate the nature of the false ceiling collapse. The building owner has also asked its consultants to check the water pipes for any other signs of leakage.