Vandals dangerously destabilised a retained façade, forcing the closure of part of London’s busy Oxford Street last week.
There were fears that the façade near Oxford Circus would collapse. Three temporary steel supports holding up the Victorian façade – that is being retained as part of a redevelopment of 315-319 Oxford Street into a mixed-use project – were cut through by vandals.
The columns were believed to be supporting the upper levels of the façade. Much of the lower two levels had been replaced by a double height glazed façade.
Westminister City Council closed part of Oxford Street while the site was investigated. Legal & General, which is developing the site said that "its Oxford Street redevelopment was the subject of an act of vandalism, with damage sustained to three steel columns. Temporary propping has now been re-erected to reinforce the structure damaged in the incident and to support the façade which is being retained.
"The police are conducting a full forensic review of the crime scene and will be reviewing all CCTV within the area."