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Cheesegrater struck by steel beam from 22 Bishopsgate site

3077881 cheesegrater crane incident 2 credit cameron falconer
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A steel beam that was being lifted by a crane working on PLP’s 22 Bishopsgate scheme in London has crashed into the side of the Cheesegrater

Multiplex, the contractor on the scheme, informed client AXA Investment Managers that the incident had taken place on Tuesday, the AJ’s sister title Construction News can exclusively reveal. 

A tower crane working on the 22 Bishopsgate site was lifting a steel beam, which crashed into the side of the neighbouring Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners-designed Leadenhall Building, also known as the Cheesegrater.

Severfield is the steel frame contractor on the 22 Bishopsgate project and replaced William Hare on the job in October.

Pictures posted on Twitter show a hole in the external glazing of the Leadenhall Building.

A spokesman for AXA Investment Managers told Construction News: ’Multiplex, our main contractor at 22 Bishopsgate, has informed us that on 1 August a tower crane working on site was lifting a steel beam which damaged a small part of the external glazing of the Leadenhall Building.

’The building is safe, there were no injuries and work is under way to replace the damaged section.’

Access to the 22 Bishopsgate site was cordoned off until the broken panel could be removed.

3077880 cheesegrater crane incident credit doris ko

3077880 cheesegrater crane incident credit doris ko

Source: Twitter (Doris Ko)

The HSE has asked for a copy of the incident report when completed.

A spokeswoman for Multiplex told Construction News: ’On 1 August a tower crane working on the 22 Bishopsgate site was lifting a steel beam which damaged a small part of the external glazing of the Leadenhall Building.

’No one was injured in the incident. The process to replace the damaged pane of glass is under way.’

Multiplex signed the main build contract for 22 Bishopsgate in October last year.

It was appointed after AXA Investment Managers confirmed it would proceed with the scheme after uncertainty following the EU referendum.

The scheme is earmarked for a 2019 completion date.

Severfield has been contacted for comment

22 bishopsgate crop credit hayes davidson

22 bishopsgate crop credit hayes davidson

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  • Chris Rogers

    Hardly a "damaged" pane, by the looks of it. Destroyed, more like. Worrying. But interesting in that the proximity of the Parry tower to both of these has been noted as problematic. London is crowded underground, with old piles having to be retained; looks like the same applies above ground.

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  • For Chris Rodgers: the 'proximity' of tall buildings might prove to be a very controversial topic following the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, given that the London Fire brigade's argument (excuse?) for not possessing an aerial platform reaching more than 32m high - when they're available up to 100m high - is the difficulty in negotiating often narrow and crowded streets, and the lack of space around buildings.

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