Staff at BCLP are unable to work in their Manchester office three months after a massive crack forced them to evacuate the building.
Police closed off the road behind 76 King Street in November last year after a fracture appeared across the top of the building when strong winds blew a fence into it. Fire crews told tenants to leave as the crack turned into a split in the bricks which sent the top floor sliding towards the DKNY store next door.
How it looked (how it really looked)
As repairs were carried out, BCLP staff were housed in temporary accommodation down the road. A source said it was "sub-par", although the grade-II listed building, at 56 King Street, looks nice in pictures.
All of the other tenants were back in the cracked building by January, but BCLP has still not returned because it is in a dispute with the landlord, RollOnFriday understands. "Staff are becoming frustrated at the situation", said a source, adding, "It's all a little embarrassing for the #1 RE firm in the country".
It's less embarrassing if BCLP is seeking assurances that its workers aren't going to be crushed by falling masonry, although the firm did not respond to a request for comment.
Neither did the landlord, HPPUT, which is part of the Daily Mail & General Trust pensions scheme. Given that it purchased the building just two months before the crack appeared, for £18.25 million, its lawyers are presumably sweatily checking the indemnity schedule.