The City of London’s Walkie Talkie Tower recently hit the headlines, following an incident in which a car parked below was damaged by the glare from the building’s windows.
Some pedestrians were scorched by the concave glass, which generate six times more light than is usually recorded in the Square Mile.
In response to the glare, the owners – Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group – have put parking bays below the structure out of use.
£1000 of coachwork damage was done to a Jaguar XJ below the building. The owner was pleased the developers of Walkie Talkie Tower opted to cover the damage done to her car, since she was unsure how her insurer would view the incident. They also apologised for the damage.
Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group are looking at a partial redesign of the structure, and have been quick to react to the problem.
The two developers are in the process of attracting new tenants to the distinctive building, and are unlikely to want this kind of attention.
But as a piece of central London prime real estate, the owners are not likely to require the equivalent of unoccupied property insurance for the offices inside. The London property market has, as usual, led the recovery of the UK’s property market – both in terms of commercial and residential activity.
The Walkie Talkie Tower will be completed this year alongside the Cheesegrater, competing with the Gherkin for the title of Most Distinctive Structures in the City of London.
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