The world is full of annoying sounds.
There are noisy neighbours, middle-of-the-night car alarms and nails on a chalkboard–to name just a few. But what if the source of the most miserable sound in your life was coming from an entire building?
That’s right, in the U.K., a single building is managing to wreak havoc over an entire city. The Beetham Tower in Manchester emits a strange noise that has been described as a howl or humming sound, and it’s driving anyone who lives nearby absolutely insane. Take a listen for yourself:
Yeah, sweet dreams. It’s like living next to the busiest highway ever without a sound barrier.
The noise is caused by wind passing over glass fins built into a blade at the top of the tower. The video above was taken on a particularly windy day, but it still gives you some insight into how annoying the building can get. It must also bother residents to know that the blade is only an aesthetic, and doesn’t serve any practical function.
Here’s the worst part though: This has been going for three years.
“I am completely aware of the noise because I live at the top of the building,” Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson told Manchester Evening News in 2012. “I would like to apologize for that and we are looking to address it so that next year we don’t have the same problem.”
Clearly, however, they’re having the same problem.
The bar we’re in has turned up the music because the 47-story Beetham Tower ‘makes a howling noise when it sways in the wind’ 😶
— JCK (@JackKenny) November 29, 2015
Landing day, can’t sleep due to the noise coming from Beetham Tower, could KILL right now! 😡😴👊🏽
— James-Paul (@JPD01) November 29, 2015
Shut up Beetham Tower.
— Dave Mountain (@twiddlemeister) November 29, 2015
— Andrew Yee (@andrewyee) November 29, 2015
Beetham Tower is wailing like a banshee in the wind today. Proper spooky noise all across the city.
— Bevis Musson (@bevismusson) November 29, 2015
For its part, the Beetham Tower has taken to twitter to respond to these recent criticisms:
GRRRRRR. BEETHAM TOWER RULE MANCHESTER TODAY. OBEY OR BE DESTROY.
— Angry Beetham (@AngryBeetham) November 29, 2015
— Angry Beetham (@AngryBeetham) December 1, 2015
Looks like the tower has spoken.
Sleep well, Manchester.