Construction group Keltbray Brendan Kerr has shown extreme “shock” after workers and people were evacuated from a demolition site in central London earlier this week.
Kerr has spoken out: “We are genuinely shocked. We had an experienced team working on the project, some of whom have been working for us since 1993. All floors had been stress-tested by a structural engineer.”
Demolition of the building on Holborn’s Portugal Street was well underway when the uncontrolled collapse occurred, causing further falling from the surrounding scaffolding.
More than 100 workers were evacuated from the building site, and at least as many were cleared from surrounding areas- including the London School of Economics.
Work on the site has now been suspended whilst a full investigation takes place by the Health and Safety executive into the cause of the collapse.
Paul Deacy, managing director of Keltbray Demolition & Civil Engineering, said: “The HSE visited the site on Tuesday, but we have been allowed to go back to work to make the structure site in the immediate vicinity.
“We will be re-assessing the project demolition due to the unforeseen collapse and the inherent defects in the structure. We will be submitting a report to the HSE in due course outlining the next steps we wish to take to continue with the project.”
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