Building demolition triggers accidental collapse on Mace-led project

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An MP has called for answers aft a gathering nether demolition arsenic portion of a Mace-led task collapsed implicit hoardings connected to a thoroughfare yesterday (March 22).

Tory typical for Stevenage Stephen McPartland demanded a “clear explanation” aft the melodramatic incidental astatine Swingate House successful the Hertfordshire town.

Stevenage Borough Council urged radical to enactment distant from the country and constabulary closed surrounding roads. The occurrence work confirmed that nary 1 was hurt.

McPartland said connected societal media that determination was “a batch of shock” implicit the illness of Swingate House. He added: “Need a wide mentation of however this could person happened. I volition beryllium asking the Health and Safety Executive [HSE] to investigate.”

Mace received consent successful October 2020 to regenerate a swathe of Stevenage municipality centre nether a task known arsenic SG1. Working successful concern with the council, Mace is creating 1,800 caller homes, alongside 3,500 quadrate metres of retail and commercialized level space, a nationalist services hub and different facilities.

St Albans-based Kane Group is the main contractor connected the Swingate House demolition.

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A Mace Group spokesperson said this morning: “Following the incidental yesterday astatine Swingate House, we person been moving intimately with our main contractor, the HSE, the council’s effect squad and the exigency services to measure the concern and unafraid the site.

“We are pleased to corroborate that nary 1 was injured, and we’d similar to convey the exigency services and the assembly for their assistance managing the incidental yesterday. We’ll beryllium supporting the HSE afloat with their probe into what happened.”

The assembly said archetypal works were nether mode to marque the tract safe. “We expect that determination volition beryllium disruption implicit the coming days,” it added successful a statement.

The HSE said it was alert of the incidental and was “making enquiries”. Kane Group has been contacted for comment.