Gibbons Building demolition: Concerns over Amhurst Road terrace is nothing new

Crack at the rear between the flue and the drainpipe. Click image to enlarge

Crack at the rear between the flue and the drainpipe. Click image to enlarge.  Photo:  Nick Perry.

Hackney will soon be loosing a much treasured building and one of it’s oldest landmarks this week, but some residents are speaking out via social media over concerns they have had for a long time.

One Hackney resident, Pete North claims he has been so concerned about the  general safety of the site, especially the lack of fencing, that he recently contacted both Hackney North & Stoke Newington MP, Diane Abbott and Hackney Council.


Stoke Newington resident Nick Perry, who is a trustee of the Hackney Society and Chair of Clapton Conservation areas, gave about the best blow by blow commentary throughout the day via Twitter, based on information he gleaned from what he described as “knowledgeable” people also present at the scene.

Vincent Stops, a Labour Councillor for Hackney Central also provided on site commentary.

This morning a Hackney Council spokesman acknowledged the sudden and unpredicted situation, telling Hackney Hive:  “One of our priorities today is to ensure occupants safely remove their belongings”.

They anticipate the controlled demolition of number 5 Amhurst Road tomorrow (Monday, 25 November).  Yesterday occupants were told to leave with what they could carry, with the assurance that cherry pickers will retrieve small belongings once the roof is removed today.

Following the demolition of number 5, an assessment will be made on whether the damage was contained to that one property, and whether it is possible to save 1-3 Amhurst Road, which houses the Cirrik restaurant, The Raw Duck and four residential properties above. Scaffolding began to be erected on Saturday in preparation of  the demolition.

The building survived a fire in 2003 and two world wars.

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 into the early part of this week.

For any changes, visit the TFL web site.



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4 Responses to "Gibbons Building demolition: Concerns over Amhurst Road terrace is nothing new"

  1. Hoping the rest of the building can be saved, but feeling bad for those who have lost thier homes and business.

    Comment by Willow on 25/11/2013 at 8:00 am

  2. “The building survived a fire in 2003 and two world wars”.

    I always suspected “the fire” began under surreptitious circumstances.

    Comment by Hackney Lad on 25/11/2013 at 8:24 am

  3. I agree. Further, I do not understand why the building was not shored up before excavation began. I smell a rat.

    Comment by Liz on 27/11/2013 at 6:28 pm

  4. As a resident in the flats, it does seem as now part of if not all of the building will be saved however for some time it will be uninhabitable.

    Comment by David Campbell on 03/12/2013 at 2:06 pm

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