December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Drivers in the City have claimed sunlight reflected from the so-called Walkie Talkie skyscraper has caused damage to their vehicles.
One Jaguar owner said that new-build 20 Fenchurch Street - which has been given the nickname in a move which is becoming customary for London’s tall buildings - had reflected light onto his car, warping panels on one side.
Martin Lindsay told City AM he had parked his car on Eastcheap in the City of London last Thursday.
He said: “They’re going to have to think of something. I’m gutted. How can they let this continue?”
Another driver said the strange effect had melted one side and some contents of his Vauxhall Vevaro. “The van looks a total mess – every bit of plastic on the left hand side and everything on the dashboard has melted,” he told the paper.
The pair of developers behind the Walkie Talkie said they were investigating the reports.
Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group said in a statement: “We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter.
“As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected while we investigate the situation further.”
Due to be completed next year, 20 Fenchurch Street will be 37-storeys and 160m tall.