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Hackney Council will try to save remaining Victorian terrace following Raw Duck restaurant demolition

PUBLISHED: 10:47 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:47 25 November 2013

The site of the Travelodge excavations, with 1-5 Amhurst Road in the centre back of the photo. Credit Peter M.

The site of the Travelodge excavations, with 1-5 Amhurst Road in the centre back of the photo. Credit Peter M.

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Amhurst Road will remain closed for a few days, while the controlled demolition of a Victorian terrace which suddenly became unstable at the weekend, takes place.

1-5 Amhurst Road held up with scaffolding, photo credit Peter M.1-5 Amhurst Road held up with scaffolding, photo credit Peter M.

Eight residents were evacuated from their homes in the surviving part of the Gibbons Building at 1-5 Amhurst Road on Friday night.

The historical building is part of a Victorian department store which was partially destroyed by fire in 2003.

Fire crews were called to the building by occupants who felt it was in some kind of structural danger, and a structural engineer from Hackney Council was called in.

Scaffolding has now been erected at 5 Amhurst Road to prepare for the demolition of that part of the terrace, which houses the Raw Duck restaurant and three residential properties.

Contractors will try and enter the premises today to try and safely retrieve belongings for its occupants.

A council spokesman said: “Following the demolition of number 5, an assessment will be made on whether the damage has been contained to that one property, and whether it is possible to save 1-3 Amhurst Road, which houses the Cirrik restaurant and four other residential properties.

“Hackney Council’s priorities are the safety of the public and the welfare of the occupants of 1-5 Amhurst Road.”

The road will remain closed for several days at its junction with Mare St to the Pembury Junction.

Bus routes are affected and motorists are advised to avoid the area due to heavy congestion.

The London Overground is continuing to operate from Hackney Central as normal.

An 80-room Travel Lodge motel is currently under construction in the adjacent car park.

An investigation into the cause is underway.

The council paid for four of the evacuated residents to stay in a hotel over the weekend, while the other four are staying with relatives.

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