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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 09:39 GMT
Ceiling of new cinema collapses
Xscape Centre
The Xscape venue is only weeks from its planned opening
The ceiling of a cinema being built in a multi-million pound leisure complex has collapsed.

Plaster crashed into one auditorium in the 12-screen Odeon multiplex at Xscape Braehead near Glasgow on Tuesday.

The Xscape venue, which sports a ski slope, 22 bowling lanes and a free-standing climbing wall, is due to be launched in April.

It is thought the area where the ceiling caved in holds up to 500 people. No-one was injured.

Construction workers

A spokeswoman for Xscape said: "At approximately 4pm on Tuesday 7 March an incident, relating to the ceiling, occurred in one of the Odeon auditoria within the Xscape Braehead development.

"Fortunately the incident in question did not cause injury to any of the construction workers on site.

"The project is still in its construction stage and the site is currently under the control of Laing O'Rourke.

"The Health and Safety Executive have visited the site and are in discussions with Laing O'Rourke and Odeon's on-site principal contractor, G F Holdings, and are investigating the incident as is normal practice.

"Until we have the outcome of this investigation we are unable to give further details."

Building firm Laing O'Rourke were also involved in the construction of the Scottish Parliament building, which has had to close its main chamber to assess a ceiling strut which swung free from its mounting last week.


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