Breaking News: Wrap-Around Scaffolding threatens Riding House Street
The first incidence of wrap-around scaffolding has been reported in Riding House Street and Great Portland Street. According to local people the scaffolding first attacked a number of frontages in Great Portland Street, and then spread rapidly around the corner into Riding House Street, home of the fashionable Riding House Cafe.
Nonchalantly munching brunchers
The Riding House Cafe is known locally as the unofficial canteen of the BBC. This morning the café was busy as usual with nonchalantly brunching hipsters. Predominantly bearded brunchers appeared to be unaware of the approaching threat. The Riding House Café recently survived an attack of scaffolding. Diners may be hoping that the building has developed some kind of immunity.
Threat to buildings from wrap-around scaffolding escalates
Wrap-around scaffolding has the capacity to envelop entire blocks of buildings in a short space of time. Whole neighbourhoods are potentially at risk. Once a building succumbs to scaffolding, its chances of survival are small.
The Back Story
Scaffolding is taking over the streets of Fitzrovia. There are outbreaks of scaffolding in neighbouring Marylebone and Bloomsbury.
The most affected streets are Hanson Street in Fitzrovia and Bedford Square in Bloomsbury. No building, and no street is immune.
The Colour of Scaffolding
Blue is most recorded colour of scaffolding netting in Bloomsbury. Initially green was the dominant colour in Fitzrovia, but blue is attacking green on both sides in Fitzroy Square. There have been suggestions that the colour of scaffolding reflects local politics. Colours so far include green, blue, purple and white. There have been no reported occurrences of red scaffolding. The Corbyn factor is not apparent, yet.