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HMS Belfast gangway collapses into the Thames River

HMS Belfast’s gangway fell into the Thames this morning, just weeks before work was to start on a CPMG Architects-designed visitor centre next to the famous cruiser

Two contractors working on site sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

In October this year CPMG Architects won planning for the new visitor centre for the naval attraction in central London, part of the Imperial War Museum, which was to include a new entrance pavilion to replace a 20-year-old, quayside ‘temporary’ structure.

The practice’s design also featured a ground floor cafe and roof-top bar and was scheduled to begin on site next month (December).

All visitors and most staff who were on the ship when the accident occurred were evacuated and returned to shore.

The ship will be closed until further notice and an ‘urgent and full’ investigation into what happened has already begun.

CPMG have said it is too early to say if their project will now be delayed.

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