The Corniche towers, centre, were completed last year (St James)

Coach driver killed by falling window

3 October 2018 | By GCR Staff 1 Comment

Police are investigating the death of a man who was killed by a window pane that fell from a newly built apartment block on the Albert Embankment in central London.

The man, 53-year-old coach driver Mick Ferris, was pronounced dead at the entrance of the Corniche building on the south bank of the Thames, opposite the Tate Britain art gallery.

A scrap-metal dealer named Paddy Riley told the Press Association that he saw the victim as he was driving past the building shortly after the incident. He said: “It was very, very distressing. There was a lot of labourers standing looking and pointing up at the window and down at him but no one was going near him.”

Mr Ferris had reportedly left his coach to buy something from a shop when he was struck by the window, which fell 250ft from a top-floor flat.

Property developer St James, the client for the building, said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of an incident at our Corniche development on Albert Embankment this morning, in which a man suffered fatal injuries.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this incredibly difficult time. We are investigating this incident as a matter of urgency and working with the emergency services to establish what happened.”

The Health and Safety Executive, which investigates all work-related deaths, has started an inquiry.

The Corniche, designed by Foster + Partners, was completed last year. The last remaining apartments on the development range in price from £2.7m to £6.25m. It also includes £22m penthouses on the upper floors.

Image: The Corniche towers, centre, were completed in 2017 (St James)