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Opening of DHP Family venue in Hackney delayed by nearby building collapse

By | Published on Wednesday 27 November 2013


So, CMU Editor Andy Malt went into a restaurant in East London the other day, and minutes after he left the entire building was declared unsafe, half the scaffolding available in the capital was set up outside, and now the whole place (or at least some of it) is scheduled for demolition. Coincidence? Well, you decide.

Either way, a Victorian terrace on Amhurst Road in Hackney being declared unsafe last weekend, after the collapse of part of a basement wall last Friday, has forced live music firm DHP Family to postpone the official opening of its new venue in an adjacent building, Oslo.

The new bar, restaurant and live music space was due to have its official opening on 6 Dec, but, while the venue itself is structurally unaffected by the nearby building collapse, the aforementioned scaffolding is blocking access to its fire exits. Planned Dry The River and Indiana gigs are also affected.

DHP Family Owner George Akins told CMU: “While first and foremost our concern is for the occupants of the flats and businesses that have been affected by the structural damage, we would like to clarify that there is no structural damage to Oslo”.

He added: “We have a number of events lined up this week but regrettably, due to matters beyond our control, these will have to be postponed while we await further news from Hackney Borough Council. Please keep checking for further updates. We will advise of any changes to planned gigs as soon as possible”.