A 500ft skyscraper in central London that melted cars on the pavement below it, is to be fixed.
The owners of the so-called Walkie Talkie building have applied to the City of London for permission to install sun-shading structures on floors three and 34, to prevent a repeat of the “death-ray” situation last summer.
If allowed, Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group will add a series of horizontal aluminium fins along the southern side of the building.
At the time, the BBC reported that a temperature reading on the street outside was over 90 Celsius.
Solar glare reflecting from the 37-storey building, officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, started fires, caused damage to businesses, and blistered paintwork on cars.
In September, a temporary screen was erected at street level to stop any further damage.
In 2003, Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles encountered similar problems because it was clad entirely in stainless steel.
Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism
By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists
Already have an account? sign in
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies