2. A multi-million-pound bill for fixing the Walkie-Talkie skyscraper
Since its initial construction the Walkie Talkie building in Fenchurch Street, London has been no stranger to controversy, with many people complaining that the unusually heavy top “stuck out like a sore thumb” and didn’t fit in with the rest of the London landscape.
In 2015, the Walkie Talkie even won the Carbuncle Cup, an award given to the worst building in London, but though the landmark only received complaints about its design at first – there were more serious problems to come.
It was discovered that the sun reflected off of the glass facade of the building sometimes known as the Sky Garden, which was melting cars and blistering paint on storefronts. The temperature was purported to be so high, you could cook an egg on the pavement below!
What’s more, the building’s shape caused a wind tunnel effect at the bottom, with gusts so strong they caused people and shopping trolleys to be blown over. To fix the errors, developers had to foot a multi-million pound bill, but while that sounds high, we’re sure they’ll be getting at least some of their money back – as the building’s market rental rate is an eye-watering £63 a square foot!