Uh oh, another skyscraper is misbehaving in London. After the Walkie Talkie went rogue and started melting cars with its sunny death ray last year, the new Leadenhall Building (aka the Cheesegrater) has thrown its toys (bolts) out of the pram this week.
Part of a bolt believed to be as big as an human arm (!) fell from the fifth floor of the 47-storey building on Tuesday. This follows part of another bolt becoming dislodged last week. We can only make light of all of this because luckily no one was hurt.
We went up to the roof of the Leadenhall Building in September and it seemed pretty damn solid to us. We did notice some pretty damn impressive bolts on our tour, though, and wouldn’t like to feel the wrath of one of those. Apparently the bolts that broke ‘connect the nodes on the megaframe’, but we’re told that the design of the building allows for this kind of thing and the structural integrity of the building isn’t affected. Phew.
Although the idea of tall buildings shedding parts is rather terrifying, the folks behind the Cheesegrater have released this reassuring statement:
‘Two steel bolts have recently broken on The Leadenhall Building, British Land and Oxford Properties’ asset at 122 Leadenhall Street in the City of London. No one was injured in either incident and there is no risk to the structural integrity of the building.
A full investigation is being conducted by contractor Laing O’Rourke and structural engineers Arup. An examination is being undertaken of the remaining bolts. An area has been cordoned off around the base of the building while this process is ongoing. The Building Control Department has been notified.’
Check out these photos from when went to have a behind-the-scenes look around the Leadenhall Building.