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A £200 million skyscraper has had an undeniably dazzling effect on passers-by - but not, unfortunately, the one intended by its architect.
Light reflected from the curved glass surfaces of the 525ft tower has been concentrated into scorching beams that melted cars in the street below.
Pedestrians are shielding their eyes from the so-called Walkie-Talkie tower - properly called 20 Fenchurch Street - while nearby parking bays in the City of London have been suspended.
Company boss Martin Lindsay said the wing mirror, panels and badge of his Jaguar XJ warped after he parked beneath it for an hour. Although the developers agreed to pay the £946 repair costs, he added: “They’re going to have to think of something. I’m gutted. How can they let this continue?”
The building - now nicknamed the Walkie Scorchie - also damaged a Vauxhall van. Engineer Eddie Cannon said: “The van looks a total mess - every bit of plastic on the left side and everything on the dashboard melted.”
The tower is called the Walkie Talkie because it looks like a two-way radio. Its north and south sides are concave, while the east and west are convex.
Developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said: “We are looking into the matter.” - Daily Mail