London firm Od Projects working on Camden scheme

A fire has ripped through iconic north London music venue Koko, which is currently under renovation.

Sixty firefighters helped fight the blaze, which broke out at the Camden venue just before 9pm last night.

The legendary club, which over the years has hosted the Rolling Stones, Motörhead, Prince and Oasis, has been undergoing a refurbishment which will see a private members club, boutique hotel and recording studio added to the grade II-listed music venue.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said at one point a third of the roof of Koko in Camden was in flames.

Station commander Jon Lewis, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters’ quick action and hard work in the early stages meant the fire was contained to the roof and saved the rest of the building. Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the morning.”

He said the LFB was called at 8.56pm and the fire was finally under control more than five hours later at 2.37am, adding that the cause of the fire was under investigation.

London-based contractor Od Projects nabbed the lead role on the revamp, which was designed by Archer Humphryes Architects, in August 2018.

The main contractor role was expected to be worth around £20m to Od Projects, a subsidiary of Od Group which is based close to Liverpool Street in the Square Mile.

It is one of the largest deals the firm has worked and was due to wrap up early this year.

Consultant Tower Eight has been providing project management, QS and employer’s agent services on the job.

Od Projects has been contacted for comment.