BREAKING: Partial demolition of old Gibbons Building on Amhurst Road

 

Image: @joshpero

Image: @joshpero

A section of Amhurst Road has been closed to allow for the demolition of a terrace which has become structurally unsound.

Access to Hackney Central Overground station has also been restricted to pedestrians via the Northern entrance.

A council spokesperson said: “Hackney Council has arranged for the urgent controlled demolition of 1-5 Amhurst Road following reports that the building has become structurally unsound and posed an immediate risk to public safety.

“The Council was informed of damage to the building following calls from members of the public to London Fire Brigade.

“Eight residents of the terrace have been evacuated and Amhurst Road remains partially closed while works to safely demolish the building continue. An investigation into the cause is underway.”

Amhurst Road will be closed until further notice between Mare Street and Pembury Junction.

A spokes person also confirmed to Hackney Hive, that a third of the terrace closest to Hackney Central Station car park, will be demolished and that a decision on the rest of the terrace will be made following a closer assessment. The ground floor of the terrace includes the Cirrik and Raw Duck restaurants.

In total there are seven residential properties included in the terrace which is the former home of Gibbons Furniture, that operated on the same spot from 1831 to 2002. More recently, work began in the construction of an 80 room Travel Lodge motel in the adjacent car park, which was due to open in spring 2014. A council spokesman could not confirm the motel construction had anything to do with the structural problems.

The council was alerted at approximately 6.30 pm last night (Friday 22nd November), by London Fire brigade.

The Overground service will continue to operate at Hackney Central however there is a disruption of buses in the area. Routes 30,38,48,55,242,253,254,276,394,106,N38, are all subject to diversion.

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