Scaffolding in place today at the site in Bell Street
Scaffolding and netting is in place after masonry fell from the side of the vacant Knights building on Monday evening.
The incident occurred around 7pm on 23 May, and police attended and cordoned off the area. There were no injuries.
The Bell Street site was purchased earlier this year by St Dominics Properties, after the department store closed at the end of January.
St Dominics has recently submitted plans to restore and renovate the building. When asked about yesterday’s incident, director Adam Coffer said:
“My primary concern was and is, of course, safety.
Thankfully the building is empty and nobody was near the property when the damage occurred. We worked closely with the police and council to ensure full safety throughout the night and our professional team have been on site since very early this morning and the situation is fully under control.
The building had clearly fallen into considerable disrepair over so many years and, as you know, we are working on plans to fully restore it. This incident further demonstrates the need for those works.
I would personally like to thank the police, the council and our friends at local businesses and public for the support and help.”
The police said this afternoon:
“Surrey Police received a report of a section of wall falling onto a pavement in Bell Street, Reigate at around 7.10pm last night (Monday, 23 May). Officers attended and cordoned off the area for public safety. No injuries have been reported. The matter has been passed to Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.”
St Dominics’ plans for the building are for shops and flats, with the developer saying it wants to “breathe life” into the building – see our previous article.