Walkie Talkie tower to get permanent sunshade

By Rachel Bishop on May 21, 2014 3:00 PM |

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The Walkie Talkie tower will get a permanent sunshade installed after it caused numerous problems with its rays last year.

Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group will begin work later this month, after the structure was given planning permission by City of London.

Last summer, Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group paid about £1,000 in compensation to a Jaguar owner after the 37-storey skyscraper's glare melted the car's wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge.

The structure at 20 Fenchurch Street called a "brise soleil" will take approximately six months to build.

Land Securities said: "Modelling demonstrates 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 3 up to level 34.

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