Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bubble Lifts In HDB Estates

Source : The Straits Times, May 6, 2009

ONCE found only in places like shopping malls and hotels, bubble lifts are going up in the world at Housing Board blocks.

Residents of Block 46 at Owen Road have been enjoying the view from their very own glass lift. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Since January, residents of Block 46 at Owen Road, near Farrer Park, have been enjoying the view from their very own glass lift - the first of its kind in an HDB block.

As part of HDB's Lift Upgrading Programe (LUP), four other blocks in the precinct will be fitted with ten such lifts, which will be ready for use by July.

These lifts are different from conventional ones as they have transparent glass panels along their walls. Instead of being enclosed, they have a shaftless design.

As part of a pilot trial by HDB, the bubble lift will find its way to 19 HDB blocks in areas such as Jurong East Street 24, Buffalo Road in Little India and Sims Drive in Aljunied.

Depending on the residents' receptiveness as well as the lift performance, bubble lifts might be popping up all over Singapore.

Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.

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