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Screen erected to protect street from Walkie Talkie rays

The developers of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper have erected temporary screens around the building to stop sunshine reflected from its windows damaging objects below.

Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group installed the scaffold screens overnight at the 20 Fenchurch Street building after claims that the rays had melted car parts, a bicycle seat and even set fire to a doormat in nearby Eastcheap.

A statement from Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities said: “This solution should minimise the impact on the local area over the next 2-3 weeks, after which time the phenomenon is expected to have disappeared. The three parking bays will also remain suspended. We are also continuing to evaluate longer-term solutions to ensure this issue does not recur in future.”

Possible longer term solutions to the problem include sand blasting the glass, or treating it with chemicals or an anti-glare film.

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