Roof falls in on club

Police waiting
Police waiting

OWNERS of a local snooker club are picking up the pieces after the roof collapsed onto their Victoria Road premises.

Work is now underway to demolish the Q club, which is now essentially a pile of rubble, on safety grounds.

Q-club

Q-club

A spokeswoman for Glasgow city council said: “Safety is paramount. Residents evacuated from flats in front of the Q club could only return to their properties once the demolition is complete and their homes deemed safe.

“Victoria Road will also remain closed between Calder Street and Cuthbertson Street while the work takes place as will Kingarth Street between Victoria Road and Pollokshaws Road. Diversions are in place”.

Co-director of the Q club, which also has a club on Charing Cross, Sanjay Sharma, opened the facility last year saying it “had the perfect location on the main road”.

However, following the incident, Mr Sharma is now in limbo about what will happen next.

road closed

road closed

He told The Extra: “The business was doing well and it is popular. We don’t know if there is anywhere else we can move to or we don’t know what is happening with insurance.

“We want to get back and open up in the southside again as soon as possible”.

The accident happened at 6pm on Thursday. The snooker club was empty at the time of the roof collapse, and there were no casualties.

Emergency services, gas and electrical workers were called in immediately.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde fire and rescue service said large parts of masonry from the collapse had fallen on to the roof of a single-storey snooker hall, also causing its roof to partially collapse.

She said: “Firefighters have evacuated residents from the tenement building as a precautionary measure. Shoring equipment was used to stabilise the structure and prevent any further structural collapse within the snooker hall”.

The flat owners were given the all-clear to return at 1pm on Monday.

The shops remain closed and will remain so until they’re judged safe to go back into.