London skyscraper accused of melting Jaguar
Over the last few decades, as glass was used more and more to wrap the world’s tallest buildings, blindingly reflective glare became a complaint. This week in London, a new complaint is being added to the list: they might melt cars. The still under-construction skyscraper in London’s financial district going up at 20 Fenchurch Street — which Londoners have nicknamed “the walkie-talkie” for its shape — may actually be a giant parabolic reflector, concentrating sunlight at dangerous levels on certain spots during the right time of day, according to multiple reports. Businessman Martin Lindsay told the City A.M. newspaper he was distraught when he discovered his luxury Jaguar XJ with warped panels along one side, as well as a melted rear-view mirror and hood ornament. He says he left the car on the road for about an hour to attend a meeting. “They’re going to have to think of something. I’m gutted. How can they let this continue?” he told City A.M. The developers have apologized and offered to pay for the estimated $1,500 in repairs , reports the BBC. At least one other driver also came forward, saying the same thing happened to his van, adding that a bottle of energy drink left on the dashboard looked like it was “baked.” In a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they were “aware of concerns regarding the light reflecting from 20 Fenchurch Street and are looking into the matter.
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That’s because the glare off the skin of the new building is so intense that at least one Jaguar owner says it caused part of his vehicle to melt. And that’s not all: Locals say the building’s heat also burned a hole in the welcome mat of a barber shop across the street. “We were working and just saw the smoke coming out of the carpet,” said shop owner Ali Akay. “This is a health and safety issue. They should have looked into this before they built it.” Similar problems have plagued other modern buildings, including in Los Angeles, when neighbors of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall reported heat buildups that required corrective measures. In a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they are taking the complaints seriously and looking into how the building reflects sunlight. The 37-story tower one of the most distinctively shaped skyscrapers in London’s financial district is expected to be completed in 2014. The apparent problem came to public attention when businessman Martin Lindsay told reporters that his Jaguar’s mirror, panels and hood ornament had all melted from the concentrated sunlight reflected from the building. “It was parked for a couple hours in the city … and it’s completely warped,” he said. “It’s absolutely ruined.” The problem lasts about two hours a day and is expected to continue for another two to three weeks, developers said in a statement.
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New Sleeps Two big names in hospitality are opening London outposts this fall. The London Edition , a collaboration between upscale boutique hotelier Ian Schrager and business favorite Marriott that aims to combine the style and flair of the former with the efficiency and service of the latter, opens September 12 in Fitzrovia. Five early 19th century townhouses, merged to form the Berners Hotel in 1907, have been transformed into 173 unique rooms, all with wood-paneled walls. The restaurant, Berner’s Tavern, will be run by leading chef Jason Atherton. It’s no surprise that funky hotel group Ace Hotels has chosen Shoreditch, London’s answer to Williamsburg, for the location of their first non-US venture. Located in a former Crowne Plaza (a building Ace themselves describe as “inherently aesthetically-challenged”), Ace London will have characteristic vintage touches as well as an in-house art gallery and juice bar. Opens September 9th. New Wining and Dining Britain’s two biggest celebrity blondsGordon Ramsey and David Beckham are partners in the Union Street Cafe , the volatile chef’s first venture south of the Thames that will feature a daily changing menu of Mediterranean-influenced dishes with ingredients sourced largely from nearby Borough Market. You’ll have to move fastthe restaurant opens on September 16 but is already booked up through November. Ramsey protegee Angela Hartnett, former head chef at The Connaught, opens The Merchant’s Tavern, a Modern European restaurant located in a former Victorian pub in Shoreditch in September. Dishes such as roast partridge with baked celeriac and celeriac pesto, along with a wide selection of British beers and ales, are promised. Better known for in-crowd hotspots like The Ivy and Balthazar London, Richard Caring adds a more down-home offering to his portfolio with Grillshack , an eat-in/take-out “all day counter order grill” in Soho now serving breakfast (buttermilk apple pancakes, cinnamon French toast) and an all-day menu (hamburgers, grilled chicken) till late.
The move is to enable a deal over the future of the club to be struck. “We are working through a number of key issues and all the players and staff have been engaged in meetings and are fully up to date on the situation,” chief executive Gus Mackay said. “We have to reduce our cost base so that we can ensure the future of the club, which is our priority.” Negotiations are at a sensitive stage but discussions are progressing as we go into the necessary details Gus Mackay London Broncos chief executive The Broncos have not signed any new players for 2014 and currently have no venue for their home games next season. A skeleton backroom staff is expected to be retained, along with some players. Mackay, head coach Tony Rea, two player performance managers and the club’s long-serving kitman Stevie Magee are believed to be staying with the club at this stage. But a number of players and other non-playing staff are understood to be leaving the Twickenham Stoop. The Broncos say they engaged in “detailed and advanced discussions on their future for 2014 and beyond”. Mackay said: “We are involved in ongoing discussions in relation to the 2014 season, following a detailed exploration of the options over recent months. “Negotiations are at a sensitive stage but discussions are progressing as we go into the necessary details.” Speculation over the club’s future has grown in recent weeks, with owner David Hughes yet to confirm he will continue funding the team. Several first-team players are already leaving the club or retiring, with hooker Tommy Lee the latest to depart after signing a deal with Salford. The Rugby Football League has held talks with players and officials about the club’s future. “We are aware of the ongoing concerns over the London Broncos and the club’s future,” an RFL spokesman told BBC London 94.9.