Regis House Gantry Collapse

41-46 King William Street, EC4


Written by Ian Blair

Mercifully, near misses on archaeological sites in the City, were relatively few – but these photos from Regis House document an exception – when a gantry supporting a fully laden skip collapsed adjoining an area that Kieron Heard, Andy West and Adam Lord were working in. Kieron and Andy are obviously captured frozen after the event – in what I assume were the positions they were in when the gantry collapsed.


Regis House skip1 700


KWS94 skip


KWS94 skip3


Other hazardous events  I recall over the years include a machine managing to collapse an upper floor it was working on above the Huggin Hill Baths excavation, with a very similar thing happening in 2007 on the Walbrook site. The day after, the offending machine driver was sent down into the basement where we were working to give us a hand with the machine clearance - obviously we declined his help..



  • Comment Link Adam Lord Friday, 25 February 2022 00:58 posted by Adam Lord

    I was there and I was the person who would have been killed actually! Those guys in the picture are posed! Do add adam lord please!
    Admin - Thanks Adam, now corrected.

  • Comment Link Trevor Brigham Thursday, 01 April 2021 14:43 posted by Trevor Brigham

    The other frozen member of staff is Andy West.

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