The Shard makes a big impression

December 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM 1 comment

The Shard

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

Have you looked up recently?

For all those London-based readers, and any who’ve been visiting the capital for a spot of Christmas shopping lately, you may have noticed a rather humongous change to the familiar London skyline. In a word it’s The Shard, a humdinger of a development over at London Bridge.

The Shard, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, stands at 243m (800ft) and is now officially the capital’s tallest skyscraper, and it’s not even finished yet.

The tower has just outgrown previous record holder – Canary Wharf’s One Canada Square, which stands at 235m (771ft).

When completed in May 2012, the new south London skyscraper will be the tallest building in the European Union.

It will eventually rise to an eye-popping 87 storeys or 310m (1,016ft). Wowser!

The tower, which is being built by the Sellar Property Group, is to have a variety of purposes, including offices, residential apartments and a hotel.

And good news for London residents and visitors alike, it will also have a sweet viewing platform on its 72nd floor, which is expected to attract more than a million rubberneckers a year.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Sam at GreenhouseEPC  |  December 22, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    I have not been to London in a long time, I went to visit last week and was shocked by how much it had changed,

    The Shard is GIGANTIC!! Its going to be something special when it is finished that place. Very impressed.


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