March 7 2014 Latest news:
Harry Kemble, Reporter
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A woman suffered cuts to her head and hands after panes of glass fell more than 30 storeys from Ilford’s Pioneer Point development last Friday.
The unnamed woman was taken to hospital by a security guard from Pioneer Point’s north tower but was later discharged, according to a spokesman from Grant Thornton, an accountancy firm which helps manage the building.
Firefighters stayed at the Winston Way development for nearly five hours to protect the public from “windows in a precarious position” in North Tower dislodged by strong winds.
The Grant Thornton spokesman added: “The remaining glass from the shattered pane was removed and a senior officer from the London Fire Brigade reopened Clements Lane and Winston Way at 11pm.”
Shocked passers-by took to Twitter to describe the extent of the damage caused by the winds after the incident.
Amit Attari (@Uncle_BeardoJr) tweeted Transport for London: “Suggest you get a road clear up at Ilford opposite pioneer point broken glass flying all over the place.”
While another onlooker Knighty (@Knighty281) tweeted: “Wind causing havoc in Ilford, Pioneer Point windows falling out.”
The Grant Thornton spokesman added a “visual” investigation was carried out over the weekend and there “were no further signs of damage” caused by the winds.
The development has been riddled with problems since it started welcoming residents in February.
Pioneer Point has also suffered issues with its windows before Friday’s incident.
Last year, in just a matter of months, nine windows were reported to have shattered by residents in the 31-storey tower of the development after high winds again hit Ilford.
Grant Thornton said it believes there are 50,000 glass panes at Pioneer Point.
The development has also been hindered by slow sales of its luxury apartments.
Redbridge Council is yet to receive £3million for affordable housing in the borough once three quarters of Pioneer Point’s flats have been sold.