Foster + Partners’ recently completed Corniche tower was redesigned after a window fell from the 26-storey housing block more than a year before a man was killed in a similar incident this week, it has emerged
Developer St James, part of the Berkeley Group, said an investigation into the August 2017 episode led to changes being made during the construction process.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed on 2 October that a man in his 50s – reported to be Kent coach driver Mick Ferris – was killed after an object fell from the luxury block on Albert Embankment. Photographs posted on social media appeared to show a smashed window in its frame next to the man on the floor outside.
A spokesperson for St James said: ‘There was an incident at the Corniche in August 2017, during construction, where a casement window fell from the upper floor. No one was hurt. There was a full investigation instigated by St James, after which the design was amended in accordance with the expert advice received.
‘St James is continuing to assist the Metropolitan Police and the HSE [Health and Safety Executive] with their ongoing enquiries and is carrying out its own investigation into [this week’s] incident. We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr Ferris’s family at this incredibly difficult time.’
According to reports, a window this week fell from the 25th floor – thought to be the penthouse – of the 26-storey building, which houses 168 apartments, a gym, a pool, retail and office space.
The mixed-use tower was completed by the contracting arm of Berkeley subsidiary St James last year.
A spokesperson from Foster + Partners said earlier this week: ‘Our sympathies and condolences are extended to the family following this tragic incident. We await further information.’
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident along with the police.
The tower is part of a new wave of development on a tract of land by the River Thames in Vauxhall.
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