25 Nov 2013

Council flats being demolished after cracks appeared

11:25 am on 25 November 2013

Council officials say it could be possible to save some of the flats in an east London building being partially demolished after cracks appeared.

The BBC reports part of the Gibbons Building in Amhurst Road, Hackney, including three houses and a restaurant, will be pulled down.

Hackney Council said it hoped it would be possible to save the rest of the building, which contains four flats and another restaurant.

The cracks were reported to the London Fire Brigade on Friday night. An emergency decision to demolish part of the building was taken by the council.

Eight people have been forced to leave their homes. Half of them are being housed in hotels and the other four are staying with friends or relatives.

The council said contractors would go into the properties on Monday to retrieve items belonging to the occupants.

A Travelodge hotel is currently being built in an adjacent car park.