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Feltwell
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Building collapse

Post by Feltwell » Tue 3rd Nov, 2020 1:09 pm

*Could* be a coincidence, but the hoarding seems to say "basement" - there's certainly been a lot of basement additions in the posh parts of London in the last few years.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-54794723

paulc
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Re: Building collapse

Post by paulc » Tue 3rd Nov, 2020 1:39 pm

/me quickly checks planning applications... https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/planning/search ... planning-2
Proposed development
Replacement of lower ground floor rear extension; lowering of floor slab at lower ground floor; excavation of basement storey under property and extension; replacement of two windows at ground floor with timber door set; replacement of window and door at front light well; and internal refurbishment
Yup. Certainly looks like a basement conversion gone horribly wrong. Just hope they were insured and/or have the money to rebuild.

Owain
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Re: Building collapse

Post by Owain » Tue 3rd Nov, 2020 5:41 pm

Seems to be number 3 that's gone down the hole

<https://goo.gl/maps/QFnBogjR13VjhnyF9>

But number 4 is the one with approved planning permission for a basement
extension, and another application pending decision for an extra level
of basement excavation

<https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/idoxWAM/doc/Dra ... ageCount=1>

The collapse seems to have been caused by the collapse of the old party wall between Nos 2 and 3 (now all part of the same house). Looks like the new basement required double underpins and resin grouting of the gravels to keep it temporarily watertight.

https://www.kapitalbasements.co.uk/

"Public Liability Insurance £5,000,000.00 Claim Limit Per Any One Claim"

might not be quite enough for a listed building in Chelsea.

Gothichome
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Re: Building collapse

Post by Gothichome » Tue 3rd Nov, 2020 10:57 pm

I think the structural engineer and/or the contractor has some serious explaining to do.

paulc
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Re: Building collapse

Post by paulc » Wed 4th Nov, 2020 11:31 am

Owain wrote:
Tue 3rd Nov, 2020 5:41 pm
Seems to be number 3 that's gone down the hole
Ah... Looks like most of the properties on that little stretch of road have (or had) basement conversions. Judging by the planning applications, it is just No.1 that hasn't been done yet.

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