A London skyscraper currently under construction dubbed the 'Walkie Talkie' has been causing a bit of mayhem.
British news website CityAM reported the skyscraper has caused extensive damage to vehicles parked on a nearby street, with several people reporting parts of their vehicle have melted due to the reflected rays.
The building’s unusual shape is reflecting bright light down on an area in Eastcheap, which is causing passers-by to shield their eyes and to soak up some much needed sun. This is London, after all.
Many are now calling the building the ‘Walkie Scorchie’.
City workers say 20 Fenchurch St is reflecting intense bright light onto the road below because of its curved shape.
Developers of the building, Land Securities and Canary Wharf, are investigating reports about the bright glare.
20 Fenchurch St under construction. Image: telegraph.co.uk
“We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch St 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,” they said in a statement.
The Walkie Talkie will be 37-storeys and reach a height of 160m. It will include 61,316sqm of office space, 2137sqm of retail space and have a sky garden at the top which will be open to the public.
Construction began in 2011 and is due for completion in May 2014.
This image from Twitter user @justinkeeble shows the reflections off the building to the street below.