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London skyscraper is melting cars

Posted on Sunday, 8 September, 2013 | Comment icon 21 comments

The 'Walkie-Talkie' in London. Image Credit: CC 2.0 David Holt

The building focuses sunlight so intensely that the reflection is capable of warping and damaging metal.

Engineers working on the construction of a new 37-storey building in London have run in to an unexpected problem in the form of a surface so reflective that it has been causing significant damage to cars parked on the street below. Known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' due to its shape, the building has already managed to generate complaints before it has even been completed.

Martin Lindsay had been returning to his Jaguar that he'd parked on Thursday afternoon when he found that parts of the vehicle had literally melted. "You can't believe something like this would happen," he said. "They've got to do something about it. It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body."

In a joint statement, the building's developers and Canary Wharf attempted to allay the public's fears over the incident. "We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter," they said. "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."

Source: BBC News | Comments (21)

Tags: Sun, Cars, London

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by seeder on 8 September, 2013, 20:24
Yes it is, we have 3rd party only, 3rd party fire and theft, and fully comprehensive. But the article did say the builders/architects whatever offered payment "Mr Lindsay said the developers had apologised and agreed to sort out the £946 repair costs"
Comment icon #13 Posted by Frank Merton on 8 September, 2013, 22:10
It amazes me they were able to get the required permits with such an obvious potential, all that glass shaped convex.
Comment icon #14 Posted by mesuma on 8 September, 2013, 23:43
C'mon he drives a Jag, he deserved it.
Comment icon #15 Posted by GreenmansGod on 9 September, 2013, 0:07
Glass buildings kill a lot of birds too. I hate the things.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Kludge808 on 9 September, 2013, 9:03
Darn, and I'd hoped for an alien death ray or something. How disappointing. ;-)
Comment icon #17 Posted by highdesert50 on 9 September, 2013, 21:11
Would have been an interesting engineering project to have designed the glass panels in a manner that allowed successive groups of panels to capture the sun and reflect it into a collector as the sun sweeps the sky. May be a relatively passive method to make electricity or heat. Construct a building with some engineering foresight once and dual purpose it for life.
Comment icon #18 Posted by seeder on 9 September, 2013, 21:33
wouldn't solar panels do just that?
Comment icon #19 Posted by shrooma on 9 September, 2013, 23:03
. nearly a week ago. . (.....and it STILL makes more sense than crop-circles being a sign of Revelation.....) ;-)
Comment icon #20 Posted by stevemagegod on 9 September, 2013, 23:46
O God. If that is what its doing a car someone won't be having kids anytime soon if not at all. Can you saw law suit?
Comment icon #21 Posted by curiouse on 6 October, 2013, 23:03
Isn't the planet getting hot enough, without Builders, Architecs designing buildings that "Radiate" heat. use your smart brains.

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