A raft of improvements to fix sun-related problems on London’s ‘Walkie Scorchie’ office skyscraper will start on site this month
The City of London approved the measures on 8 April almost seven months after the landmark Rafael Viñoly-designed tower was accused of melting cars and nearby businesses.
The announcement of the project start came as joint developer Land Securities revealed its pre-tax profits had increased 108 per cent to £1.1bn in the year to 31 March 2014.
In a statement the company said: ‘20 Fenchurch Street, one of our most financially successful developments yet, has so far delivered a valuation surplus of £137.2 million.
‘The combination of location, timing, form and function mean the building is now 87 per cent let with an average lease length of 17 years.’
It continued: ‘The solar glare issue last summer illustrates the risk associated with development but we now have planning permission for an external solution which we will commence fitting this month.’
The improvements – drawn up by the architects’ studio – will see grills attached to the south elevation of the skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street.
Horizontal aluminium louvres will be installed from level three to level 34 of the 37-storey on the tower which is being jointly developed by Land Securities and Canary Wharf.
The tower was dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’ last summer after rays reflected from the structure’s concave glazing were blamed for melting a car and causing damage to shops.
The project is expected to take around six months to complete.