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Man Dies After Mayfair Building Partially Collapses

14/04/2014 19:40 BST | Updated 15/04/2014 11:59 BST

A construction worker has been killed and another injured when a building near the US embassy that was being redeveloped into flats partially collapsed.

Police were called to the site, a former US Navy headquarters in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, central London, on Monday afternoon where the man, who is believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead.

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Police have advised the public to stay away from the area

The building was bought by the Abu Dhabi Investment Corporation and developer Finchatton in April last year from a consortium headed by restaurateur and entrepreneur Richard Caring, who owns classic London venues including the Ivy, Scott's and Annabel's.

Declan Sherry, chief executive of site contractor McGee, said the contractor was liaising with the workers' families and couldn't release any further details.

Scotland Yard confirmed a man had died and was advising the public to stay away from the area, including those who had been preparing for a planned demonstration nearby. Roads in the vicinity have been closed.

The site was was originally built as flats in the 1930s and had been vacant since 2007.

After the collapse, construction workers wearing hard hats and fluorescent jackets were gathered in the centre of the square, being spoken to by a manager.

Three ambulances remained at the scene, and police had cordoned off North Audley Street.

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 3.43pm to Grosvenor Square to reports of an incident. We sent London Air Ambulance, three of our ambulance crews, three responders in cars, our hazardous area response team and two officers.

"Sadly one person, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene by the doctor from the air ambulance. We treated a second patient, a man, for minor injuries and took him to University College Hospital."

The Health and Safety Executive confirmed that it is investigating what happened.

A construction worker, who did not want to be named, said the man who died was from Lithuania.

In a statement, Mr Sherry added: "It is with deepest regret that we advise that, following a serious incident this afternoon on the 20 Grosvenor Square site, tragically one worker has suffered a fatal accident. Another worker suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital but is expected to be released shortly.

"Work on site has been suspended and we are, of course, working closely with the investigating authorities to ensure that a full inquiry is conducted into this tragic incident.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with both families and friends at this difficult time."