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Hackney terrace demolished after structural threat spotted

A row of terrace houses in Hackney are undergoing urgent demolition after a member of the public discovered large cracks in the building.

Eight residents have been evacuated from 1-5 Amhurst Road in Hackney following the declaration by the council that the houses pose "immediate risk to public safety."

A council spokesman has confirmed that the building, including a wine bar and restaurant, will undergo a controlled demolition after a structural engineer from Hackney council confirmed that nothing could be done to save the terrace.

Firefighters sealed off the area on Friday after a load-bearing wall partially collapsed on the ground floor of one of the houses.

All of the residents, believed to be tenants, have been relocated with half saying in hotels paid for by the borough.

A council spokesman said: "We'll take care of the residents as long as necessary and we'll work with the property owners to ensure that accommodation is found."

The demolition is also affecting members of the public due to the closure of an alleyway leading to Hackney Central overground station, which has restricted access to pedestrians.

An investigation into the cause of the structural damage is now underway.

Published November 26, 2013 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share