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Matcham's Shepherds Bush Empire closes due to structure fears

Shepherd's Bush Empire
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Shepherd’s Bush Empire has closed for the rest of the year after concerns were raised over the structural safety of its roof

Gigs at the Grade II-listed venue in West London had to be cancelled this week after a health and safety inspection raised concern over ‘serious structural damage’.

A statement from the venue said: ‘We are undertaking remedial works and aim to be fully open within a matter of weeks.’

Designed by architect Frank Matcham, the 2,000-capacity Shepherd’s Bush Empire first opened as a music hall in 1903 and in 1953 it became the BBC Television Theatre.

The fears come after a ceiling collapsed at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End back in May. The collapse at the historic theatre, which injured nearly 90 people, caused the guidelines on ceiling checks for London’s venues to be tightened.

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