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The madness continues… Pop star Duffy's former London house collapses

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34935821

The Georgian property had six bedrooms, four bathrooms and three reception rooms, according to Zoopla

The property in The Terrace, Barnes, south-west London, was reportedly undergoing a basement extension when it collapsed at about 11:53 GMT. Aimee Duffy has been registered at the address for the past four years on the electoral roll, but local estate agents said she had sold it.

The front elevation remains in a precarious position, London Fire Brigade said. No-one has been hurt.

Three people are reported to have left the neighbouring home, the fire brigade said. The detached Georgian property has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and three reception rooms and sold in May 2014 for £3.5m, according to property site Zoopla. Duffy is a Welsh singer-song writer who shot to fame in 2008 with the single Mercy and her debut record Rockferry won a Grammy award.

Stephen Beard, who lives nearby, was walking his dog when he saw the building collapsing. He said: "I was able to get my camera out and take a photograph, which shows the dust blowing up from the collapsed building. "It was quite dramatic. I was going along for a peaceful walk and then this happens."

Val Sancourt, from the Richmond campaign group Safer Basements, told the BBC there had been a proliferation of basements in the area, many of which had "caused substantial damage." The group said it was aware of windows being pushed out of alignment, doors jamming, large cracks in walls, a ceiling caving in, flooding and gas pipe leaks, apparently linked to basement extensions. She said: "We're not saying no basements ever, anywhere. We're not anti-basement per se. We're saying before you put in a basement you need to have had proper hydrological investigations. "If it can't be proved to be safe then applications should not be granted. It's got to the point in Barnes where everyone, as soon as a house is sold, is terrified."

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There was another one on here a few months back, that collapsed well after the builders had finished. Buildings insurance didn't pay out iirc.

Would be interesting to know whether they had underpinned it, or were merrily digging out without structural mods. If they had worked to the plans of the architect/structural engineer, that's worrying. Probably best to leave these 200 year old buildings alone really.

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I wouldn`t like to be living next door to a house having any sort of basement work done...even with the best plans and structural supports it is still like building back to front...put up a house then dig a big hole underneath it...dodgy!

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B) The £3.8million house where Duffy lived and the rules of football were first written COLLAPSES

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/38million-house-duffy-lived-rules-6906251

Work was being done by current owner, former Phones4U CEO David Kassler, to build a home cinema in his basement.

Mark Welsh, director of Kram Developments, had "a couple" of workers on site at the time of the collapse and denied the renovation was to blame.

He said: "It's just an old building. It's nothing to do with the work."

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Mark Welsh, director of Kram Developments, had "a couple" of workers on site at the time of the collapse and denied the renovation was to blame.

He said: "It's just an old building. It's nothing to do with the work."

I'm sure the insurance company will decide.

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B) The £3.8million house where Duffy lived and the rules of football were first written COLLAPSES

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/38million-house-duffy-lived-rules-6906251

Work was being done by current owner, former Phones4U CEO David Kassler, to build a home cinema in his basement.

Mark Welsh, director of Kram Developments, had "a couple" of workers on site at the time of the collapse and denied the renovation was to blame.

He said: "It's just an old building. It's nothing to do with the work."

Kram? As in 'Cram it in' :lol:

Sounds like a right cheesy company.

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