3 Sep 2013

Skyscraper melts Jaguar car parts

2:38 pm on 3 September 2013

A London skyscraper has been blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street.

The 37-storey skyscraper in the business district, which has been nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie" because of its shape, is currently under construction.

Businessman Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar and when he returned about two hours later, he found parts of his car - including the wing mirror and badge - had melted.

The developers have apologised and paid for repairs.

Mr Lindsay, who is the director of a tiling company. said: "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, Mr Lindsay said.

"You can't believe something like this would happen," he added. "They've got to do something about it. It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body."

Mr Lindsay said a note had been left on the windscreen by the construction company, saying "your car's buckled, could you give us a call?"

In a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said: "We are aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter.

"As a precautionary measure, the City of London corporation has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected while we investigate the situation further."

Mr Lindsay said the developers had apologised and agreed to sort out the £946 repair costs.