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A Heated Issue: The Walkie Talkie Building Heat Spot

At lunchtime I popped over London Bridge to see for myself the heat spot that is created along Eastcheap by the reflection from the curved face of the new skyscraper which is affectionately known as the “Walkie Talkie” building. I arrived to witness a farcical scene – there were hundreds of people and a dozen film crews who had also come to witness the phenomenon which was focused just outside of Maplin when I arrived. The police were also there directing people and traffic with a ¬†number of parking bays having been put out of use after someone’s care was melted. Scaffolding had been erected around several affected small businesses who I felt very sorry for, especially after stepping into the heat spot – it really was uncomfortably hot. The city of London is a bit of a focus for architectural designs that suffer from schoolboy errors – who could forget the millennium bridge. ¬†Apparently the phenomena will only last a few more weeks this year, but if you do get a chance it’s definitely worth popping down to view.

Eastcheap Heat Spot

Eastcheap Heat Spot

Walkie Talkie Reflection

Walkie Talkie Reflection

A temporary fix for the walkie talkie building

A temporary fix for the Walkie Talkie building

 

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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