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Strand flats 'weeks from completion' when fire broke out

Property developers were just weeks away from delivering a luxury set of apartments at the Marconi building on The Strand when fire broke out on the roof, it emerged this morning.

Paul White, chief executive and chairman at Frogmore Real Estates Partners, which is delivering the residential side of the project with Galliard Homes, said the scheme was six to eight weeks away from completion.

He said the delivery of the 84 pre-sold apartments had been the “most amazing turnaround in 12 months.”

But on June 14 a fire broke out on the roof of the building, which is also set to host a hotel. It led to extensive damage on the roof and the flats below. At the height of the incident, 20 fire engines and 100 firefighters were at the site.

A week ago, a spokesman for the Galliard Homes and Frogmore joint venture said the companies have issued a notice of an intended claim against Sol Melia, a Spanish hotel company.

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