Until just a few days ago it was business as usual for the construction workers on the vast building site on Winnington Road, north London. For months they’ve been building an estate fit for a billionaire. One of these mansions wasn’t enough for the Moscow-born fertiliser baron Moshe Kantor. He had bought three in a row and whistled in the demolition boys. The centrepiece of his planned development was a three-storey house about a third of the width of Buckingham Palace. It included a cinema, a swimming pool, an underground garage and an orangery — so far so expected in the world of the super-rich.
In recent days, though, the red crane towering over the site — long considered an eyesore by neighbours —