Building Collapse: Official Statement by Associate Pastor Stephen McEwen
I am sure many of you are now aware our building on Clements Road which was under construction collapsed On Tuesday 31st January. We thank God that nobody was harmed in the incident. At this time there is no obvious reason why the building collapsed. We would ask that people remain calm and act only upon the facts. At approximately 4.30pm the 23 Ashe Construction workers finished for the day and left the site. The gates were locked the building collapsed. With buildings, pedestrians and buses passing at one of the busiest times of day in Ilford this can only be described as a miracle that no-one was harmed.
Health & Safety Inspectors visit the site weekly and were on site the day before, the Local Authority Emergency Office have now cordoned off the area due to the crane height and the HSE is now on site conducting their own investigation. The main concern is the stability of the crane which is still standing in the centre of the site. This crane needs to be removed, the site will then be demolished and cleared. Building will be delayed however we are just so thankful to God that there has been no loss of life or injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those businesses and offices and individuals affected by this incident, but we are confident that the surrounding area will quickly return to normal.
On Tuesday evening 250 City Gates members turned out for our prayer meeting and there was an amazing atmosphere of faith and hope. Our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 ‘I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail’ All who have journeyed with us as a Church on this project have seen this to be true and we remain as convinced as ever that His work will be completed in Ilford.
Thank you for your messages of support and prayers.
Pastor Stephen McEwen
Associate Pastor, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
For pictures on our new building visit the Time to Build Blog!