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Cheesegrater Tower Loses Third Bolt In Three Months

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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/14/cheesegrater-leadenhall-building-bolt-city-london

A third steel bolt has broken on the 47-storey Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City of London, British Land admitted on Wednesday.

In November, an area below the triangular, glass-clad tower, which is officially called the Leadenhall building, had to be cordoned off after two steel bolts broke, with parts falling to the ground. Nobody was hurt.

A third bolt fractured “recently” and was captured by “precautionary tethering” put in place last year, the developer said. Its tests concluded that the bolts had fractured due to a process called hydrogen embrittlement, which leads to cracks within the bolt material. British Land said it will replace a number of bolts, which are just under 1 metre long, as a precautionary measure.

Poor quality control in the manufacturing process?

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Cheesegrater tower. Is it caused that because of the falling bolt damage or cconstructed from recycled cheese graters.

So it is losing 1 bolt a month on average? I don't know how many bolts the building has...

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Wow, this gives you some confidence!

However, two years ago the then-Lloyd’s chief executive Michael Ward criticised the high maintenance cost of the “inside out” building. He said you’d be lucky to make it down to the ground floor, as the lifts “break down with some frequency”.

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It's a tribute to modesty, and should not have been built!

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Wow, this gives you some confidence!

That's the Lloyds building (they rent), the Cheesegrater just opposite. He has a point, services are kind of tricky to get to when hung on outside of the building, wouldn;t want the window cleaning bill either. Having said that building is utterly unique and iconic,

Sounds like they have a batch of bolts - they will/should be all identified and they will have sampled thoughout the building and will know that they need to replace any from the same batch.

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Poor quality control in the manufacturing process?

Dodgy Indian steel?

In all seriousness these new building often seems to have bedding in / teething problems. Remember when the Gherkin was first opened a couple of the (incredibly heavy massive glass) windows popped out and they had to rig up a temporary safety tunnel for staff to get into the building for a while.

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Garry Hoy
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Garry Hoy (1955 – 9 July 1993) was a lawyer for the law firm of Holden Day Wilson in Toronto. He died in an act of accidental autodefenestration.

DeathIn an attempt to prove to a group of prospective articling students that the glass in the Toronto-Dominion Centre was unbreakable, Hoy threw himself through a glass wall on the 24th story and fell to his death after the window frame gave way.[1] He had apparently performed this stunt many times in the past, having previously bounced harmlessly off the glass

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