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Thursday 2nd October 2014
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Skyscraper To Have 'Permanent Shade' Attached After Fire Fears

Thursday 15th May 2014

A London skyscraper, blamed for starting fires by reflecting the sun's rays last summer, is getting a permanent fix.people react to sunlight People reacting to the intense sunlight reflected off the building last summer. Photo: PA

The building - officially called 20 Fenchurch Street - became known as the 'Walkie Scorchie' because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun on to local buildings.

Business owners said glare from the skyscraper singed carpets and blistered paintwork.

However, the building's developers have received planning permission for a "brise soleil" sunshade to be attached to the building.walkie talkiePicture:PA

They said: "Our brise soleil solution has gained planning approval and installation will start shortly. It will not interfere with the customer fit-out or occupation. The cost involved has not altered our original estimated total cost of the building."

Last year, a local barber said reflected rays from the skyscraper caused a searing bolt of sunlight to start a fire and burn a hole in the company doormat.

 

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