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Man killed after window falls from Foster’s Embankment tower


A man has died after being hit by a window which fell from Foster + Partners’ recently completed Corniche tower in central London

The Metropolitan Police confirmed yesterday (2 October) that a man in his 50s was killed after an object fell from the luxury residential block on Albert Embankment.

Photographs posted on social media appear to show a smashed window in its frame next to the man on the floor outside.

According to reports, it is understood the window 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 developed by Berkeley subsidiary St James and completed by its contracting arm in the summer last year.

A spokesperson from Foster + Partners said: ’Our sympathies and condolences are extended to the family following this tragic incident. We await further information.’

A spokesman for St James added: ’It is with great sadness that we learnt of an incident at our Corniche development on Albert Embankment [yesterday] morning, in which a man suffered fatal injuries.

’We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this incredibly difficult time.

‘We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and working with the emergency services to establish what happened.’

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident along with the police. The man’s next of kin have been informed.

The tower is part of a new wave of development on a tract former brownfield land by the River Thames in Vauxhall. The scheme sits next to a Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) tower scheme, dubbed Merano, which replaced the 1958 Eastbury House.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Yes, tragic. And sounds like a family man that will missed by many.

    Windows, and glass failures seem to be a very rare occurance, but always there when the envelope is being pushed? Skyscrapers in LA and San Francisco, glass on the side elevation of Chep Lap Kok airport in HK. Several sites in the City. De lamination, weird colouring. It happens. Due to excess heat during this exceptional summer? And in the Tropics? We only get alerted when someone is hurt or killed.

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  • Odd to describe the building as on a brownfield site. Technically true but a term usually used for ex industrial sites.

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  • Phil Parker

    Chris, who cares?

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