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Cheesegrater struck by 22 Bishopsgate steel beam

Exclusive: A steel beam that was being lifted by a crane working on the 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.

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

The Health and Safety Executive, which has asked for a copy of the incident report once it is completed, told CN that the beam “was being lifted from a lorry” and struck the building “following movement caused by wind”.

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.

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

The HSE spokesperson told CN: “A beam being lifted from a lorry came into contact with an adjacent building following movement caused by wind.

“We have spoken to the duty-holder who is providing us with details.

“It is currently being established whether the incident meets our criteria for reportable incidents. It is unlikely there will be a HSE investigation.”

A spokesman for AXA Investment Managers said: “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.”

A spokeswoman for Multiplex said: “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

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