The Straits Times, 1 Dec 2019
By Michelle Ng
The Housing Board has completed its $5 billion Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP), which provides direct lift access for flats by installing new lifts, for more than 5,000 blocks.
The LUP was introduced in 2001 for blocks built before 1990, which did not have lifts that stopped at every floor.
The upgrade provides direct lift access for flats, making it more convenient for residents, especially the elderly and those with mobility issues.
All home owners who stand to benefit will need to pay the upgrading costs, capped at $3,000 per household for Singaporeans.
When the programme began, there were more than 5,300 HDB blocks without direct lift access.
Of these, more than 1,000 blocks were initially found to be unfeasible for LUP, but through innovative technical solutions introduced by HDB, the number was reduced to the remaining 150 blocks.
Solutions implemented included the use of machine-room-less technology so the machinery required to operate the lift no longer needed to be in a separate enclosed room above the lift shaft.
In low-rise blocks, such as 11 blocks in Bedok, HDB installed smaller “home lifts” which can accommodate a wheelchair and one to two standing persons.