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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Building Melts Car

From the Guardian:

A motorist said intense sunlight reflected from the "Walkie Talkie" − one of several towers under construction in the City, London's financial district − warped his Jaguar that he had parked across the road.

The skyscraper's developers said they were seeking to rectify the problem which they blamed on the position of the sun at certain times of day.

"The phenomenon is caused by the current elevation of the sun in the sky. It currently lasts for approximately two hours per day, with initial modelling suggesting that it will be present for approximately two to three weeks," Land Securities and Canary Wharf said in a statement.

Three parking bays had been taken out of service pending a solution, they added.

Motorist Martin Lindsay told the BBC he had left his car for an hour opposite the building and returned to find the wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge had "melted".

Steve Clowney

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