February 13, 2014
The 37-storey tower at 20 Fenchurch Street – dubbed the Walkie Scorchie last summer, after its sloped design was found to be melting cars in the area, will be fitted with a brise soleil shading system to stop it reflecting damaging sun rays reports the Construction Enquirer. Joint development partners Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group have just submitted a planning application to the City of London to fit horizontal light diffusing aluminium fins from the third floor to the 34th floor on the south-facing façade. The fins have been designed by the building’s architect Rafael Vinoly Architects alongside solar glare experts Loisos + Ubbelohde. Once planning consent is granted, the refit project, expected to cost less than £10m, should take around six months to complete.