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Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group submit plans to fix Walkie Talkie

Developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group have submitted plans to fix the solar glare issue at the Walkie Talkie building in London.

Rays reflected from the building at 20 Fenchurch Street were blamed for melting plastic parts of a parked car during the summer, and earned the building its ‘Walkie Scorchie’ nickname.

Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group have now submitted a planning application to the City of London for a brise soleil system on the southern façade of the building between level three and 34.

A statement issued by the developers said: “Modelling shows the brise soleil will prevent solar glare by absorbing and diffusing sun light, thus preventing it being reflected from the building.

“It is made up of a series of horizontal aluminium fins that run across the southern façade, installed from level three up to level 34.”

If approved, installation is expected to take around six months.

Last September, the developers erected a temporary screen around the building to prevent sunlight from reflecting onto the street below.

In its results for the six months to 30 September 2013, published last November, Land Securities said the fix would not increase the overall cost of the scheme.

Handover of the pre-let office floors remains on schedule for April 2014. The building is 64 per cent let with a further 23 per cent in solicitors’ hands.

The brise soleil solution has been designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects with solar glare experts Loisos + Ubbelohde and Gordon Ingram Associates.

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