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'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper developers work to block intense glare

Sept. 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Developers of London's "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper say they will erect a screen to stop the intense glare of reflected sunlight that has damaged other buildings.

The glare from the 37-story building, dubbed the "Walkie Talkie" due to its shape, has been blamed for causing fires, blistering paint on nearby buildings and melting a part of a parked Jaguar, the London Evening Standard reported Friday. Three parking lots near the building were previously closed to prevent vehicles from being damaged by the glare.

Developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said in a statement they were awaiting approval from city officials to erect "a temporary scaffold screen."

"This solution should minimize the impact on the local area over the next two-to-three weeks, after which time the phenomenon is expected to have disappeared," the statement said.

"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. We have liaised extensively with local businesses to keep them informed throughout. We have decided on this course of action with their input and agreement," the statement said.

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