In November last year, two bolts, each the size of a human arm, broke on London’s iconic “Cheesegrater” skyscraper – officially the Leadenhall Building. One fell to the ground from the building’s 15th floor, while the other dropped from a lower level, but luckily it was caught in the skyscraper’s framework.
A third bolt later fell from the738ft tower but was caught by “precautionary tethering” installed after the earlier incidents.
The cost of replacing the giant bolts on the tower’s steel structure, which will continue until the end of the year, is likely to land the steel contractor, Severfield, with a £6m bill.
Despite extensive media coverage, no detailed explanation has yet been forthcoming about how these catastrophic failures could have happened in central London and more importantly, how this could be prevented on future projects.
WAN have been following this story closely and we will be able to update our readers with more details and the full facts in the very near future.
If you have any information, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Nick Myall <firstname.lastname@example.org>