This is why you should avoid 'Compatible' building products

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Here at DP Building Systems we are passionate about our suppliers and their products - we don't stock any 'Compatible' products, and this is why:

Above: The Leadenhall Building 

Two years after it finished building it, structural steelwork contractor Severfield is still losing money on the Cheesegrater.

Structural steelwork contractor Severfield has revealed that it has incurred almost £1m of costs so far on a programme of bolt replacement works at the Leadenhall Building in the City of London.

Huge bolts began falling off the 238m-high skyscraper in November 2014, just months after the building opened. Arguments continue over who is to blame and who will pay for what.

Tests found that bolts were fracturing due to hydrogen embrittlement, a material failure mechanism within the bolt material.

The bolt replacement programme began in January and is likely to continue until December. Severfield is working in conjunction with British Land (the building’s owner), Laing O'Rourke (the main contractor that built it) and Arup (the structural engineer).

"Whilst these works progress, all parties continue discussions to agree where the liability for the costs of the programme should rest," Severfield said.

Severfield added that its own costs were being regarded as exceptional and would not impact on its underlying operating profit for the current year.

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Here at DP Building Systems we have built up our relationships with our wide range of suppliers over many years, and as a result we are able to offer very competitive prices on all of their branded products. Ever since the day we were born we have refused to stock any 'Compatible' products such as Unistrut Compatible Channel for example - you only need to read the above article to understand the full risks that are involved. In trying to cut costs by choosing the cheaper, but lower quality alternatives, to the likes of Unistrut bolts, fasteners, and channel you are taking a risk on behalf of your own project and your client.

To talk to one of our experienced specialists about your project and where we could potentially help you save on your construction costs please contact our technical team on or 0121 706 7777