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AGS Scaffolding secures job at site of major London fire

Scaffolding and Hoarding specialists AGS Scaffolding have responded immediately to a request for support at the site of a major fire that covered the City of London in a cloud of smoke.

The fire, in a four-storey complex in Tabernacle Street, London, started at around 4am on Thursday 11th March 2010.

It is believed the fire started in a Restaurant before spreading. At its peak, it was reported, 20 fire engines and over 100 fire fighters were at the scene. Much of the financial centre of the City was clouded in smoke.

A day after the fire started, fire fighters were still hosing and damping down the destroyed building.

The third floor and roof were severely damaged, and with the ground to second floors also seriously affected, the building was considered structurally unsafe and at risk of collapse.

At a joint meeting between the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade, the City of London, the restaurant and night club’s owner and AGS Scaffolding Limited plans were drawn up to make the structure safe.

In order to stabilise the façade of the building and to protect the public from any possible collapse, AGS have erected a flying shore and gantry from ground level up, spanning the full width of the street, both pavements and the roadway.

The shoring has been designed and constructed to allow safe access and protection to the public and traffic and to ensure that the damaged parts of the building are safely retained.