Steel bolts dislodged from London ‘Cheesegrater’

The Leadenhall Building in London. Picture: Wikipedia/CC

The Leadenhall Building in London. Picture: Wikipedia/CC

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A CORDON has been placed around a landmark known as the Cheesegrater after two steel bolts became dislodged.

A full investigation has been launched by property developers British Land after the incident at its 47-storey Leadenhall Building in central London.

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The company said no one was injured and there was “no risk to the structural integrity of the building”.

The bolts connect the nodes on the building’s megaframe, British Land said.

A company statement said: “Public safety is our priority so we have taken a number of precautionary measures.

“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.”

The Cheesegrater stands alongside other City landmarks including the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie - dubbed the Walkie Scorchie last year because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun on to buildings and cars in the next street.

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