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Steel building collapses in Ilford

A five storey steel structure in Ilford East London partially collapsed yesterday afternoon.

Contractor Ashe was building a new £6.1M, 1,000 seat, Worship Centre for City Gates Church in Ilford, due to open later this year.

Ashe director Andrew Morris said one or more steel beams spanning the Church’s auditorium collapsed causing the failure of some of the surrounding steel work. The collapse came a week after the steel structure was completed during a topping out ceremony.

“Once we have established what has happened and dismantled the crane on site, we can work on the recovery,” Morris told NCE.

Ashe confirmed there were no causalities and that it had put a 60m exclusion zone in place around the collapse site.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and forensic experts will investigate how and why the collapse occurred.

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