“Walkie-Talkie” is a new London skyscraper and the reason why people complain about excessive light. Because of its distinctive shape, the skyscraper reflects light and heat from the sun onto the buildings in the next street, scorching sidewalk, dazzling passerby and melting cars parked on the street.
The developers of this new building are held responsible by the business owners and motorists for starting fires, causing damages to paintwork, cracking tiles and smoking a carpet. The funny thing is that a journalist managed to fry an egg on the hotspot. That’s why the 37-storey tower in central London was dubbed the “Walkie Scorchie”.
The “Walkie Scorchie” phenomenon lasts for about two hours a day and it will end in about three weeks because the cold season will soon be installed.
”We did do solar analysis and modelling but it wasn’t picked up. That is always a risk with a building with a new shape,” a spokesman for the joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf admitted.
“We are consulting with local businesses and the City to address the issue in the short-term, while also evaluating longer-term solutions to ensure the issue cannot recur in future,” the spokesperson added.