Walkie Talkie building will not melt any more cars, assure owners

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The “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper in London won many column inches this summer when its reflective windows scorched the panels of a Jaguar car parked across the street. But the building will not be melting any more cars, its owners have assured.

Land Securities, Britain’s largest listed property developer, has announced that it has almost solved the glaring problem of the 37-storey glass office block.

Demand has not been affected, the company added: “Despite the solar glare issue of the summer, occupiers have not been blinded to the efficiency and location of the building. We are close to resolving the issue and it will not delay occupation nor inflate the budgeted cost.”

The company will add solar shading to the outside facade of the building at “minimal cost”, Chief Executive Rob Noel told Reuters .

“When you are pushing the boundaries of physics when building these tall buildings you won’t always get it right.”