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Crane Collapse Incident In Bow, East London

Crane Collapse Incident in Bow East London.


Latest Update: 01 February 2021

On Wednesday 8 July 2020, a crane from a neighbouring Swan Housing Association development site in Bow, East London collapsed onto properties including homes owned by Gateway Housing Association in Compton Close.


Tragically, a person lost their life and four people were injured. Everyone at Gateway is shocked and saddened by this terrible accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased.


A number of residents were evacuated to safety and placed into temporary accommodation. Many residents have now been relocated to more suitable accommodation. Our team continues to work with London Borough of Tower Hamlets to support people throughout this difficult time.


It is important that under no circumstances residents attempt to return to their homes.


We await updates from London Metropolitan Police, Health and Safety Executive, and Swan Housing Association before we can report on how long it is likely to be for the area to be safe enough for residents to return back to their homes.


Swan Housing/Keltbray Group Update: 

View/Download update letters from Swan Housing Association/Keltbray Group

Notice of Completion: Removal of the collapsed crane and subsequent works 01 February 2021

Notice of Weekend Works - 10 December 2020

Notice of Stage 3: Notice of Stage 3: Crane Demolition and Removal 23 November 2020

Notice of Stage 1/2: Temporary Works and Crane Stabilisation 23 October 2020 

Notice of Stage 1: Watts Grove Site Preparation and Temporary Works activity 01 October 2020

Notice of Stage 1: Site Preparation and Temporary Works at Watts Grove 25 September 2020


Update from London Borough of Tower Hamlets:

Updates regarding the incident, which also includes the support available through the council. 

Please view these here:

August Update  Published: 6 August 2020

September Update  Published: 4 September 2020


Support for residents:


We have a dedicated team to provide assistance and support to residents affected. Please ensure that we have the correct contact number for you.

You can contact us on 020 8709 4300 or email to update your details.

We are speaking to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and emergency services about gaining access. As soon as we have information on getting access we will let you know.



British Red Cross Support Line

This is to support people who are finding it hard to cope. They have friendly volunteers answering calls that can give you emotional support, or direct you to other people or local services should you need them.

And if you just want to talk, they are there to listen.


Phone number: 08081964051

Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm daily


NHS and other services

If you need to, you can contact your GP on the usual number during surgery hours. Outside of surgery hours, you can call NHS Direct 111, and the team will direct you to the most appropriate care.


Residents' Support Scheme

The Tower Hamlets Residents' Support Scheme is designed to help residents who are either in or at risk of being in crisis or are in need of immediate help and have no source of financial support available to them. For more information please email or call 020 7520 7217.

Tower Hamlets Support for families

Tower Hamlets children’s centres can offer support for families by appointment only for face to face support within their children’s centres. Families can contact the managers to arrange a time to visit. In the current circumstances, they are offering pre-booked appointments only rather than drop-ins.

  • They can offer space to play for children 0-7, with a range of activities
  • Resources for children 0-11 can also be delivered upon request
  • 121 discussions for families with our staff  to help with anxiety, stress, and coping during this difficult time
Tower Hamlets Children's Centres
Address Contact

John Smith Children’s Centre

90 Stepney Way


E1 2EN

Deborah Wooding - Area Early Intervention Lead

020 7364 0537

Chrisp Street Children’s Centre

23-27 Market Way

E14 6AH

Margy Creber - Area Early Intervention Lead

0207 364 2856/0661


More updates will follow as more information becomes available

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