JTK Consult (JTK) was engaged by Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (GKL) to conduct an external building condition audit to identify defects on the external façade caused by an adjacent building project.
The building elements were inspected at a close range and visible signs of defects and cracks were recorded on standard proformas. Photographs were also taken of the inspected areas to document the general condition of the structural elements and visible cracks. Where access was possible the width and length of cracks was also recorded.
Most of the cracks were found at the external openings where lintels would have been provided and at the interface of the columns and masonry walls. Large cracks on the façade walls were noted mainly at the carpark building. These were considered to be plaster cracks associated with thermal and moisture impacts with time and poor detailing at openings.
Some settlement of the external pavement was also noted at the NE corner of the hospital building. The settlement was caused by the bored piling works which was undertaken as part of the development of adjacent building two years earlier. Based on the visual inspection and complaints, the last movement was noted to have been around March, 2015 and thought to have been due to stabilisation movement of the ground water table leading to consolidation of the ground and the formation of potholes. The building maintenance team was advised to continue monitoring and if no further settlement was noted to proceed with remedial intervention.
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