Tower block build halted after bricks fall from site

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Tower block build halted after bricks fall from site Tower block build halted after bricks fall from site

Construction of a series of tower blocks by Walthamstow Central Station has been temporarily halted after some bricks fell from the building site and hit a car.

There are no reports of any injuries from the incident, which happened on Saturday.

It is believed the bricks fell on to the car park used by cab drivers next to the development.

A spokesman for developers Solum Regeneration said: “Solum takes health and safety extremely seriously.

"We are aware of an incident which occurred onsite Saturday and we are currently investigating this matter with our contractor.”

Construction of the controversial development, which includes a 14 storey Travelodge hotel and two eight storey housing blocks, is due to be completed within months.

Travelodge has scheduled for the hotel to open in September.

The developers and Waltham Forest Council say the development will help regenerate the local economy and encourage investment in the area.

But residents living nearby campaigned fiercely against the plans, saying the tower blocks would scar the landscape, reduce their privacy and attract crime.

 

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1:26pm Wed 27 Feb 13

chingford lad says...

`Scar the landscape` not near the truth.
I travelled up from the `Baker`s Arms` a few days ago, the day being fine. The day darkened as I neared the `Central` due to this huge, ugly construction on the left blocking the light. I thought `Armageddon` looks like `Hell on Earth`.
What has the Council got against Walthamstow? they disgust me.
`Scar the landscape` not near the truth. I travelled up from the `Baker`s Arms` a few days ago, the day being fine. The day darkened as I neared the `Central` due to this huge, ugly construction on the left blocking the light. I thought `Armageddon` looks like `Hell on Earth`. What has the Council got against Walthamstow? they disgust me. chingford lad
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1:47pm Wed 27 Feb 13

John J C Moss says...

High rise blocks are a blight. London was far more mixed, diverse and economically integrated when we lived in streets of houses with only a few low-rise apartments.

Terraced streets can easily reach the same densities as most high-rise development and given we have a shortage of family homes, that's what we should build.

See a recent report I contributed to at
www.createstreets.co
m

Cllr John Moss
Larkswood ward
High rise blocks are a blight. London was far more mixed, diverse and economically integrated when we lived in streets of houses with only a few low-rise apartments. Terraced streets can easily reach the same densities as most high-rise development and given we have a shortage of family homes, that's what we should build. See a recent report I contributed to at www.createstreets.co m Cllr John Moss Larkswood ward John J C Moss
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3:30pm Wed 27 Feb 13

malpasc says...

Well I think the knocking shop, oops I mean budget hotel, and flats rented by a transient population will really enhance the area around Walthamstow Central. I simply cannot wait to see the exciting retailers champing at the bit to get into those 5 shop units also being built. Another pound shop, mini cab office, betting shop, pawn shop, chicken takeaway, and/or off licence are just what we need in E17..
Well I think the knocking shop, oops I mean budget hotel, and flats rented by a transient population will really enhance the area around Walthamstow Central. I simply cannot wait to see the exciting retailers champing at the bit to get into those 5 shop units also being built. Another pound shop, mini cab office, betting shop, pawn shop, chicken takeaway, and/or off licence are just what we need in E17.. malpasc
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4:01pm Wed 27 Feb 13

SXH says...

A spokesman for developers Solum Regeneration said: “Solum takes health and safety extremely seriously

Cannot see how, If bricks are falling out now? what happens on completion?
A spokesman for developers Solum Regeneration said: “Solum takes health and safety extremely seriously Cannot see how, If bricks are falling out now? what happens on completion? SXH
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5:13pm Wed 27 Feb 13

mexicano says...

Any change in getting Marks & Spencers back to Walthamstow?
Any change in getting Marks & Spencers back to Walthamstow? mexicano
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5:15pm Wed 27 Feb 13

mexicano says...

Sorry meant to type "chance" not change
Sorry meant to type "chance" not change mexicano
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6:20pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Techno3 says...

mexicano wrote:
Sorry meant to type "chance" not change
We had a Marks and Spencers in the High Street for many years.

The council raised the business rates and they left, along with a number of other businesses.
[quote][p][bold]mexicano[/bold] wrote: Sorry meant to type "chance" not change[/p][/quote]We had a Marks and Spencers in the High Street for many years. The council raised the business rates and they left, along with a number of other businesses. Techno3
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6:30pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Tom Thumb says...

malpasc wrote:
Well I think the knocking shop, oops I mean budget hotel, and flats rented by a transient population will really enhance the area around Walthamstow Central. I simply cannot wait to see the exciting retailers champing at the bit to get into those 5 shop units also being built. Another pound shop, mini cab office, betting shop, pawn shop, chicken takeaway, and/or off licence are just what we need in E17..
This cynicism is shameful.
Anyone who remembers the artists picture of this development will know that it showed a tropical paradise filled with beaming pedestrians, cheery cyclists, and no cars at all. This part of Walthamstow is about to become even better than Miami.
[quote][p][bold]malpasc[/bold] wrote: Well I think the knocking shop, oops I mean budget hotel, and flats rented by a transient population will really enhance the area around Walthamstow Central. I simply cannot wait to see the exciting retailers champing at the bit to get into those 5 shop units also being built. Another pound shop, mini cab office, betting shop, pawn shop, chicken takeaway, and/or off licence are just what we need in E17..[/p][/quote]This cynicism is shameful. Anyone who remembers the artists picture of this development will know that it showed a tropical paradise filled with beaming pedestrians, cheery cyclists, and no cars at all. This part of Walthamstow is about to become even better than Miami. Tom Thumb
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6:30pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Sam Hain says...

In another strand I used a biblical reference - I'll do it again. This begins to look like our own Tower of Babel - a very present reminder of the dangers of hubris!
In another strand I used a biblical reference - I'll do it again. This begins to look like our own Tower of Babel - a very present reminder of the dangers of hubris! Sam Hain
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8:18pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Techno3 wrote:
mexicano wrote:
Sorry meant to type "chance" not change
We had a Marks and Spencers in the High Street for many years.

The council raised the business rates and they left, along with a number of other businesses.
Yes thanks to Neil 62% Gerrard who killed most of Walthamstow with this daft increase.

Now smugly sits on the Board of The Cinema Trust trying to 'Save' what he ruined in the first place.

The Villagers going to work from Walthamstow Village, gnash their green teeth and have to take off their Cranberry Tinted Spectacles as the area is so dark with that tower they cannot see.
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mexicano[/bold] wrote: Sorry meant to type "chance" not change[/p][/quote]We had a Marks and Spencers in the High Street for many years. The council raised the business rates and they left, along with a number of other businesses.[/p][/quote]Yes thanks to Neil 62% Gerrard who killed most of Walthamstow with this daft increase. Now smugly sits on the Board of The Cinema Trust trying to 'Save' what he ruined in the first place. The Villagers going to work from Walthamstow Village, gnash their green teeth and have to take off their Cranberry Tinted Spectacles as the area is so dark with that tower they cannot see. Cornbeefur
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1:53pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Ferdy54 says...

mexicano wrote:
Any change in getting Marks & Spencers back to Walthamstow?
They stand more chance of getting Woolworths back!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mexicano[/bold] wrote: Any change in getting Marks & Spencers back to Walthamstow?[/p][/quote]They stand more chance of getting Woolworths back!!!! Ferdy54
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2:23pm Thu 28 Feb 13

leytonstoner says...

Next Waitrose .......
Next Waitrose ....... leytonstoner
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2:25pm Thu 28 Feb 13

malpasc says...

leytonstoner wrote:
Next Waitrose .......
We can but dream...
[quote][p][bold]leytonstoner[/bold] wrote: Next Waitrose .......[/p][/quote]We can but dream... malpasc
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