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The Shard Also known as London Bridge Tower and The Shard of Glass

 

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  • The architect conceived the tower as a huge spire reminiscent of the London captured by Canaletto. The tapering spire helps reduce the profile making it smaller on the skyline whilst the large bottom of the tower gives the surrounding London streets a real landmark of size.
  • Piano originally planned a 380 metre tall tower as a replacement for an earlier design by Broadway Malyan. This height was reduced after much consultation with the planning authorities as it was considered excessive.
  • At ground level, every major use of the tower, viewing galleries, residential, hotel and offices, will each have separate entrances.
  • Offices take up the bulk of the scheme, 53,585 square metres of space over 27 floors. Each floor will have naturally ventilated winter gardens thanks to the double skinned cladding and the controllable louvre windows.
  • There will be a mid-level viewing piazza and top quality restaurants 121.05 metres up.
  • Shangri La will have a five star luxury hotel occupying 18 floors.
  • Residential space will be limited and take up the tower from 186 metres to 224 metres making it by far the highest residential property in London, even if Beetham's proposed tower is built. Some apartments will take up a floor and cost in excess of 10 million.
  • There will be an open public viewing gallery, the tallest of any building in Europe, at 243.8 metres up the tower that is expected to recieve 2 million visitors a year. This will be the highest occupiable floor in the development.
  • The top floors of the building are a massive radiator designed to expel the heat generated by it naturally.
  • The nickname, the "Shard of Glass", was originally coined by English Heritage who tried to use it as an insult suggesting it was stabbing the heart of historic London. Ironically it has stuck and is now used by the developer in marketing.

News Articles

18-07-2012 > Descending the Shard

28-06-2012 > Shard of Light

30-04-2012 > The Tallest Tower - Building The Shard

30-03-2012 > Shard Tops Out

24-05-2011 > My Tall Is Taller Than Your Tall

23-11-2010 > Shard Overtakes One Canada Square

21-10-2009 > Shard Steelwork Rises

27-04-2009 > Piling To Rachet Up On Shard Site

27-04-2009 > The View From The Shard

16-03-2009 > Construction Work To Begin On The Shard

17-12-2008 > Shard Secures Final Batch Of Funding

02-10-2008 > Shard Offers Highest Apartments In London

25-06-2008 > Vital Shard Construction Contracts Awarded

24-12-2007 > Shard Secures Massive Middle Eastern Investment

15-11-2007 > Fixed Price Deal For The Shard

19-09-2007 > Qataris Eye Up Shard Development Partnership

06-07-2007 > Second Baby Shard Design Approved

19-09-2006 > London Bridge Tower Secures Key Equity

09-05-2006 > Ken Announces Expected LBT Pre Let

10-04-2000 > 600m Skyscraper Plan Unveiled

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Agent
Savills
CB Richard Ellis
Architect
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Concrete Frame Contractor
Byrne Brothers
Cost Consultant
Turner & Townsend
Developer
LBQ Ltd
Sellar Property Group
Lift Supplier
KONE
Main Contractor
Mace
Masterplanning Architect
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Planning Consultant
The London Planning Practice
Quantity Surveyor
Davis Langdon LLP
Services Engineer
Arup Group
Structural Engineer
WSP Group
Visualisation Firm
Hayes Davidson

Reference Data

Reference No.
46
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
23-11-2013
Planning Application Number
00TP/3-28(0100476)
 

Building Location

Address
32 London Bridge Street, London. SE1
Estate
London Bridge Quarter
Council
Southwark
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
2003
Construction start date
2009
Completion date
2013
Style
Futurist

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
309.67
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AOD)
312.70
Roof Height (AGL)
308.50
Top Floor Height (AGL)
243.80

The Shard

Total Floors (O.G)
87
Plant Floors
13
Total Floors (U.G)
3
Number of Lifts
43

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Hotel

Floorspace (sq m)
129,000.00
Flats
12
Hotel Rooms
197
Car Parking Spaces
47

Construction Cost
£435,000,000.00
Budget Date
2008

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