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Walkie Scorchie fix to cost around £10m

Posted by Mark
September 18, 2013 in News

The owner of 20 Fenchurch Street in London, the building dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’, has said the repairs to it will cost millions.

The building, which is presently more than half let, hit the headlines in late August 2013. It was revealed that sunlight reflecting from it was melting cars and dazzling passers-by.

What has also come to light over the weeks is that the architect, Rafael Vinoly, expected the sun’s rays to be concentrated by the building’s concave design. However, when admitting that his creation had a ‘few issues’, Vinoly said:

“(We) didn’t realise it was going to be so hot”.

As well as burning shop carpets and melting car side mirrors, investigative journalists wanted to experience the strength for themselves.

As such, many London TV and radio presenters took to the square mile, frying pan in hand, to cook up an egg or two. A number of reports suggested that the rays were hot enough to fry an egg in just five minutes.

Temporary measures have been taken to prevent the rays from hitting other buildings in the vicinity, while the end of September should see the sun move to a different part of the sky.

However, a long-term plan is needed, which will add up to £10m as office floors are reworked externally. According to Songbird Estates chairman, David Pritchard, the job will cost “low single-digit millions”.

Songbird Estates is also facing multi-million delays with its  office fit out  office fit out and redevelopment of the Shell building on the South Bank.

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