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Ilford City Gates building collapse: roads and buildings to reopen at 10am

PUBLISHED: 18:21 02 February 2012

The collapsed City Gates Christian centre Clements Road, Ilford

The collapsed City Gates Christian centre Clements Road, Ilford

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Almost all the buildings left deserted after the collapse of the City Gates Christian centre will be allowed to reopen at 10am on Friday.

Ashe Construction will reduce the cordon around the collapsed building in Clements Road, Ilford from 60m to 30m.

It means roads closed on safety grounds, including Winston Way, will be reopened to traffic at 10am.

Just a small section of Clements Road in the immediate vicinity of the collapse, along with Handforth Road where cranes and other equipment are being temporarily kept, will stay shut.

Buildings including the Virgin Active health club, the Ilford Travelodge and Olympic House will all be allowed to reopen after workmen mapped out a safe route for people to get to and from the buildings.

Workers at the Royal Mail Ilford delivery office will be allowed back into their building at the same time after saying deliveries to Redbridge postcodes – IG1 to IG6 –“will be later and volumes reduced” following the collapse.

The Britannia car park will also reopen, with drivers able to retrieve their cars up until 7pm tonight (Thursday).

The only building which will not reopen at 10am is the Housing Advice Centre.

Meanwhile Ashe Construction business development director Andrew Morris said the tower crane which hangs over the collapsed building will be dismantled.

Speaking of the dismantling process he told the Recorder: “It’s not as easy as you’d think because we have to get it [the crane] powered back up again.

“We have to get to the base of the crane to do that so its quite intricate.

“Every step of the way we’re sending our method statements to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) to get their comments before we go ahead.”

He said the process would take about two days and would stretch into the weekend, before the steel frame of what remains of the collapsed City Gates building is taken part.

The site may not be fully reopened until Wednesday, Mr Morris said.

Fifteen bus routes are being diverted following the incident.

A Transport for London spokesman said: “The bus routes on diversion around Clements Road are the 25, 86, 123, 128, 145, 147, 150, 167, 169, 179, 296, 364, 366, 462 and the W19.”

Did you witness what happened in Clements Road? Do you have pictures from the scene? Call us on 020 8477 3806, email zjan.shirinian@archant.co.uk or Tweet us @ilfordrecorder.


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