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Shard Steelwork Rises

Snubbing its nose at the credit crisis that has halted many projects in their tracks work is now well and truly underway on what will be London's landmark skyscraper The Shard, almost a decade after it originally surfaced.

With two of the three cranes that will be used to construct the tower already in place, concrete is being poured, covering the left-hand side of the site, and structural steel work by Severfield-Rowen is now visible at street height - a sure indication that things are well underway.

Plans for the 310 metre tall tower began back in 2005 and was originally meant to be circular 87 storey tower by Broadway Malyan but this was replaced by the modernist 390 metre design by Renzo Piano.

Due to various reasons such as a height reduction, funding issues and structural redesigns to improve stability in case the worse should happen it has taken some time to get the tower off the drawing board and into a firm reality, it wasn’t until February 2009 a building contract was actually signed with construction company Mace.

When complete the shard will be the tallest tower in the UK and one of the tallest in Europe, it aims to be a vertical village providing office, commercial and residential space, as well as two public observation decks. Each floor features a winter garden which will not only look nice but improve air quality in the tower.

Despite its later start, the project is still expected to be completed by 2012 in time for the Olympic Games and to aid in making the building process a bit speedier both the substructure of the tower and its superstructure will be built at the same time.

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