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MND Chief: New BTO Flats are Better than Previous Generations of Flats

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan says each generation of Build-To-Order (BTO) HDB flats are improving over the previous generations of flats.

But he also warned that new Singapore will face new challenges in the next 50 years which will test the nation’s construction capabilities.

”We still have many challenging projects to build, both above and underground, upwards into the sky and outwards into the sea,” Mr Khaw said.

“We will need strong skills and new capabilities in engineering, technology and design. We will need to innovate and push the frontier of construction.”

Mr Khaw said this at yesterday’s (14 May) Building and Construction Authority (BCA) annual awards ceremony.

Mr Khaw did not mention the 3 recent incidents involving newly-built BTO HDB flats where sewage pipe breakage caused shit to spew uncontrollably, soiling common areas and even an owners’ apartment unit.

Also not included in his speech – the Trivelis Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats which were fraught with so many flaws that some 500 residents banded together to confront the flat developer.

A record 372 awards in areas like construction excellence, design and engineering safety and construction productivity were given out at the BCA’s annual awards ceremony.

City Developments was the biggest winner this year, with 36 awards, including the Green Mark Pearl Prestige Award for outstanding commercial tenant engagement efforts in sustainability.

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