Scaffold collapse in central London (Video)

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There has been an incident in central London in which police closed down Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street following the scaffold collapse in the heart of the Square Mile.

The contractor Erith has been carrying out demolition work at the 1 Leadenhall Street site which will eventually be home to a 36-storey tower block which is being being developed by Brookfield.

The demolition work has been carried out on the site since January 2021 to bring down the existing seven-storey Leadenhall Court building.

The scaffolding contractor GKR Scaffolding is the specialist scaffolding contractor on the job.

A GKR spokesperson commented saying that: “We can categorically confirm that the incident was not the result of a scaffold collapse.

“During demolition activities on-site, the protection scaffolding was struck.The force of impact significantly damaged the scaffolding.

“However, the integrity of the scaffold was not compromised to the extent that no scaffold materials fell from height, and the scaffold also effectively protected debris from the demolition from entering the public domain whilst containing the force of impact.

“The principal purpose of scaffolding on demolition projects is protection. The scaffolding at One Leadenhall did exactly this.

“Impacted scaffolding was removed and made safe again by Sunday night.”