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Chester hotel replaces glass canopy after three others smash to ground

Hotel is believed to have replaced canopy above entrance as a precaution

The glass has been replaced in the canopy above the entrance to the Abode hotel after similar canopies smashed to the ground at the neighbouring council premises.

Chester's Abode hotel has replaced the glass canopy above its entrance after similar canopies smashed to the ground at the neighbouring council building.

Cheshire West and Chester Council, which is based in the HQ building like Abode, has kept the hotel informed about problems with all three of its glass canopies.

In one incident, a female council officer suffered a cut leg.

Chester council to answer why glass canopy left in place after third accident

The council has since fitted laminated rather than toughened glass to all its canopies.

And observations indicate the Abode hotel has followed suit although Andrew Brownsword Hotels, who run the operation, told The Chronicle they ‘won’t be offering a comment’.

The glass has since been replaced in the canopy above the entrance to the Abode hotel after similar canopies smashed to the ground at the neighbouring council premises.

CWaC staff member cut by falling glass panel at Chester HQ building

Issues first arose at HQ last November when there were two separate instances of panels shattering at adjacent entrance ways which the council claimed was most likely caused by objects falling from above even though the windows in HQ cannot be opened.

A female council officer suffered a cut leg during the first occurrence which happened at 8.05am on November 4, affecting a canopy on a pedestrian walkway circling the building which is now the Miller & Carter Steakhouse.

Following a second instance overnight on November 18, above the main entrance, a decision was made to remove the remaining glass panels in the two affected canopies so they could be tested by the glass manufacturer, but the third canopy was inexplicably left in place.

On May 25 this canopy suffered the same fate when a glass panel fell onto a walkway and an underground car park ramp. Fortunately nobody was injured.

Falling glass panels at CWaC HQ spark safety fears

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