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Casebook of the collapse

1969: Contractor E P Wickens & Sons starts work building a one-storey flat-roofed building at Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Surrey.

1970: It is extended by two storeys by the same contractor.

1976: E P Wickens & Sons changes its name to Wickens Holdings.

1994: Wickens Holdings goes into administrative receivership.

1995: Contractor John Lay redevelops the building. The contractor in turn appoints R J Watkinson and Partners to advise on the work.

August 1, 1995: The building collapses while being refurbished, killing four workers.

September 5, 1995: John Lay goes into receivership.

April 1998: Crown Prosecution Service abandons investigation.

Jan 2000: Sylvia Berwick wins compensation after civil claim. High Court rules original builder was to blame for the collapse.