Investigation into glass panel fall at Council building
Thursday 11 November 2021
Milton Keynes Council has initiated a Health and Safety investigation following a serious incident at its Civic offices on Saxon Gate East.
A 2.4m wide glass panel shattered and fell from a balcony on the building’s second floor on Thursday 4 November. The exterior of the building has since been fenced off to make the area safe for pedestrians and to enable a thorough inspection of the Civic’s 242 glass panels, which have been in place since the building first opened in 1974.
An independent structural engineer visited last week for a preliminary assessment and will provide support to the Council’s Health and Safety team.
Milton Keynes Council’s Head of Health and Safety, Alison Cook said: “Fortunately no one was injured. We’re taking this potentially dangerous situation very seriously. We secured the site for the safety of people in the area and began a thorough assessment of the remaining glass panels. Once that’s been completed in the coming weeks we should be in a better position to understand what caused this to happen and what steps are needed to stop it happening again.”