Crane collapses at Park Royal building site

Images above: Photographs of the collapsed crane at a building site in Park Royal

Crane is third Falcon crane to collapse in recent years

A crane has collapsed at a former hospital site in west London.

The London Fire Brigade was alerted at around 9.15am on Friday (12 January) that a tower crane’s jib had fallen down at the Central Middlesex Hospital development in Park Royal, causing minor damage to a building under construction.

The site was unoccupied and no one was hurt, but ten people were evacuated from a nearby building as a precaution. Metropolitan Police officers were called to the site at around 11.30am and cordoned off the area, a fire engine also attended.

The crane owner, Falcon Cranes, is working to remove it from the site and contractor Durkan is investigating, according to developer Sovereign Network Group. A spokesperson for Sovereign Network Group added:

“We are aware a crane at one of our construction sites near Central Middlesex Hospital collapsed in the early hours of Friday morning.

“The crane’s owner Falcon is now working to safely remove it from the site, and our contractor partners Durkan are investigating the cause. Emergency services remain on site and will have a 24/7 presence to make sure the area remains safe.”

Two incidents of Falcon cranes fatally collapsing in recent years

Falcon is the owner of a crane that collapsed in Edinburgh six weeks ago, injuring two people. The company will also appear in court in November over another crane collapse in 2017, after which three men died.

The Central Middlesex Hospital project comprises 158 homes across four new residential buildings ranging from six to 15 storeys. All homes will be classed as affordable, with 134 shared ownership units and 24 priced for London affordable rent.

As part of the scheme an old refectory building, which formed part of the original Central Middlesex Hospital campus, is being refurbished.

The development is part of the regeneration plan around Old Oak Common station. Durkan started construction in 2022 and is due to complete work in 2024.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said the inspectorate is investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for Falcon Cranes said:

“It has been reported to us that the jib of one of our luffing jib tower cranes collapsed overnight at a construction site in Acton.

“The crane was not in operation at the time and there are no reports of injuries or structural damage to other property.

“We will be conducting a thorough investigation of all immediate and underlying causes of the collapse.”