London’s Walkie-Talkie Skyscraper causes damage for surprising reasons

The 37 floor skyscraper in Fenchurch Street damaged shops and vehicles in the area as sunlight reflected off of the building and melted cars in 2013 as it was being constructed. The Ixl Company looks at the damage.
CANARY WHARF, U.K. - May 15, 2014 - PRLog -- A permanent sunshade will be attached to the building to prevent any further damage this year to buildings and vehicles surrounding the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building in Central London. The land developer has received planning permission to replace the temporary sunshade placed last year after complaints, with a new permanent one called a “brise soleil”.

Last year, attention was drawn to the skyscraper for all the wrong reasons. The glare from the building was so bright, it smashed tiles, damaged and melting cars as well as singeing fabric such as doormats. “For such an expensive building, it really is quite ironic that the damages and costs happened from something so simple as sunlight reflections” says Sam Mouden, Managing Director at The Ixl Company in Canary Wharf, London.  The building cost around 200 million pounds, and plans for the new shade called a ‘brise soleil’ are said to still be within budget and plans should start shortly.

Whilst the building was still under construction in September 2013, the reflected sunlight caused damage to a jaguar, and it has been said that Land Securities and Canary Wharf paid out around one thousand pounds to the owner and placed up a temporary shade. “Imagine Going to get into your car, especially a jaguar, and seeing your wing mirror, panels and jaguar badge has literally melted away whilst you have been gone must be very upsetting, but a very odd story to tell when you realize a it was a building to blame not a vandal” says Emma, Receptionist at The Ixl Company, London.

“The Ixl Company are based very close by to Canary Wharf, full of large glass and reflective buildings, I cannot imagine what I would do if I went to drive home and found my care half melted because of a buildings windows” says Courtneay, another Receptionist at The Ixl Company.

Plans are set to start as soon as possible to get the permanent shade up on London’s “Walkie Talkie” building. “Summer is not far off, England may not be known as the hottest place to be, but when you add the magnified rays from a reflective surface, damage can be caused very quickly” says Sam Mouden, The Ixl Company, Managing Director.

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