The unfortunate Walkie Scorchie, or the London tower with the ability to harness the Sun's power and melt parked cars on the street below, is set for a redesign. Its owners have applied for permission to install aluminium fins on it to dissipate the deadly heat-ray.
Owners Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group and their architects have asked the City for permission to install what arty types know as a brise-soleil, or a sort of framework cladding to sit atop the existing structure and introduce some streaks of shade into the reflection.
It'll be a rather large facelift for the new building too, with the structure set to mask the south side of the building between floors 3 to 34. It'll take six months to install once permissions's granted, so the temporary scaffolding at street level has to remain to protect the public this summer. [BBC]