When he parked his Jaguar on Eastcheap in London, Martin Lyndsay never expected to return to a lump of melted metal just two hours later.
A new £200million 37-storey skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” due to its distinctive shape, is responsible. The sunlight reflected from this new building, currently still under construction, has been causing heat damage to the cars beneath.
Mr Lindsay, director of tiling company Moderna Contracts Ltd, told the BBC: “I was walking down the road and saw a photographer taking photos and asked, ‘what’s happening?’. The photographer asked me ‘have you seen that car? The owner won’t be happy.’ I said: ‘I am the owner. Crikey, that’s awful.'”
The wing mirror, panels and Jaguar badge had all melted. On the windscreen there was a note that said ‘your car’s buckled, could you give us a call?’.
People walking by often have to shield their eyes from the incredible glare and the building has been dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’ by nearby workers.
The developers have apologised and paid for the repairs and the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected whilst the situation is investigated further.