Two four-floor multimillion-pound mid-terraced homes in in Durham Place, Chelsea, were reduced to rubble this morning, November 3. The houses collapsed “like a bomb”forcing 40 neighbours to be evacuated in their pyjamas. The buildings have been completely destroyed. Nobody had been living at either property. A police search dog also carried out an external search of the building and at this stage, there are no reports of any injuries.It was a renovation work at the properties which included a project to create a mega-basement at a £4m home.
A planning application for the property was made less than two weeks ago, with a council letter dated October 23 detailing “basement excavation, demolition of extension and roof terrace and replacement with a two-storey rear extension with roof terrace, and a single storey extension at the lower ground floorIt was a horrific sound at the moment of the collapse. “We had to get out and weren’t allowed back in. We don’t know when we can come back in. I think it’s going to be a while until we can,” a resident said to media. There were a lot of people coming out of their homes in the surrounding area to see what was going on. The evacuation was done in a Covid-secure way.