Health and Safety Executive investigators are still looking into ill-fated Nuneaton’s Co-op building collapse.
It has been almost a year since part of the building fell onto Abbey Street during the demolition of some of the iconic department store.
At the the time the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it needed to determine whether there were any breaches of health and safety law.
The HSE has been working with Cawarden Co Ltd, who were employed to carry out the demolition, specialist demolition consultants and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to ascertain the cause of the collapse.
Coventry Live contacted the HSE for an update on the investigation following the incident on August 7, 2019.
“HSE’s investigation is ongoing and as such, we are unable to comment further at this time,” a spokesperson said.
Diggers first started tearing down the heart of the building on July 30 last year but then on August 7 part of the building collapsed into the street in Abbey Street.
Eye witnesses confirmed seeing a ‘cloud of dust’ across Abbey Street when the building started to collapse while contractors behind the planned demolition said it was ‘rare’.
Firefighters were called to the scene and a huge cordon was thrown around the area.
Watch: The collapsed building
What has happened since?
The demolition of the building resumed and this concluded in September last year.
‘House of Games’, a warm-up to the ‘House of Escape’ escape rooms, then opened in the former Co-op head office building on Abbey Street at the end of last year.
As we reported in our newsletter, the old art deco part of the Co-op store will be transformed into a hub to house innovative new businesses in the town centre.
A bid for £900,000 has been made to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for the funding to pay for the works by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council with the help of the Coventry and Warwickshire Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
At the weeend, Label opened the doors to its new look store, which is based at the front of the former Co-op department store in Queens Road.
The designer clothes firm was based in nearby Dugdale Street and has moved just yards around the corner into the iconic buiilding.
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