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Official Name The Shard
Former / Other Names The Shard of Glass
London Bridge Tower, The Shard at London Bridge
Type building
Status Completed
Country United Kingdom
City London
Street Address 32 London Bridge Street (Map)
Building Function residential / hotel / office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2000
Start of Construction 2009
Completion 2013
Global Ranking #65 tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #2 tallest in Europe
National Ranking #1 tallest in United Kingdom
City Ranking #1 tallest in London
Official Website The Shard
Height: Architectural 306.0 meter / 1004 feet
Height: Occupied 244.3 meter / 802 feet
Height: To Tip 306.0 meter / 1004 feet
Height: Observatory 244.3 meter / 802 feet
Floors Above Ground 73
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Elevators 44
Top Elevator Speed 6 m/s
Tower GFA 127,489 m² / 1,372,280 ft²
# of Apartments 10
# of Hotel Rooms 202
Companies Involved
Owner London Bridge Quarter Ltd
Developer Sellar Property Group
Design Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Architect of Record Adamson Associates
Structural Engineer WSP Group
MEP Engineer Arup
Project Manager Turner & Townsend
Main Contractor Mace
Other Consultants
• Cost AECOM
Façade Permasteelisa Group
Vertical Transportation Lerch Bates
• Wind RWDI
Material Suppliers
• Elevator KONE
• Paint/Coating AkzoNobel
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
About The Shard
At the time of its completion, The Shard became the tallest building in Western Europe. The iconic tower has redefined the London skyline and is already an international symbol for London. A mixed-use "vertical city," it offers more than 55,000 square meters of office space on 25 floors, three floors of restaurants, a 17-story hotel, 13 floors of apartments and a triple-height viewing gallery, as well as an open-air viewing floor on level 72. It is crowned with a steel-framed pinnacle and clad with shards of glass designed to blend into the sky. Standing next to London Bridge Station, one of London's busiest transport hubs, at the heart of London Bridge Quarter, London's newest commercial quarter, The Shard is a key part of the regeneration of London's South Bank. See Project Case Study
CTBUH Awards
2013 Best Tall Building Europe Winner
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards, (See the CTBUH Awards Book)

The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use
S. Watts (Davis Langdon), CTBUH Chicago Conference
Steel-Concrete-Steel: Unique Hybrids at London Tallest
K.Moazami (WSP Cantor Seinuk), J.Parker, R. Giannini (WSP Cantor Seinuk), CTBUH Dubai Congress

Technical Papers
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities: The Shard
Moazami, K. & Slade, R. (WSP UK), CTBUH Journal
Steel-Concrete-Steel: Unique Hybrids at London Tallest
K. Moazami (WSP CantorSeinuk London), J. Parker (WSP CantorSeinuk London), CTBUH Dubai Congress

Other CTBUH Links
The Shard, London
CTBUH Featured Tall Building, 2014
50 European Icons
CTBUH Poster, 2013
Shard London Bridge Visit
CTBUH Tour, 2011

News Articles
Rooms with a (Raunchy) View from London’s Shard
CTBUH Global News, 2014-05
Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London
CTBUH Global News, 2014-03
Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date
CTBUH Global News, 2014-02
Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below
CTBUH Global News, 2014-01
Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower
CTBUH Global News, 2014-01
Pritzker-winning Architect Designs Paris Courthouse Tower
CTBUH Global News, 2013-10
Iconic Buildings Become Pawns in Skyline Chess
CTBUH Global News, 2013-08
Greenpeace Makes an Icy Statement on The Shard
CTBUH Global News, 2013-07
London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate
CTBUH Global News, 2013-06
Shard Secures First Office Tenant
CTBUH Global News, 2013-05
Shard Said to Get Duff & Phelps as Tower’s First Office Tenant
Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013-04
The Guardian's Readers Celebrate Tall Buildings
CTBUH Global News, 2013-04
Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard
CTBUH Global News, 2013-02
The Shard Celebrates Foggy Opening Day
CTBUH Global News, 2013-02
Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out
CTBUH Global News, 2013-01
Combining the World's Great Skyscrapers into One Skyline
CTBUH Global News, 2013-01
Video: English Royal Abseils Down the Shard
CTBUH Global News, 2012-09
UNESCO Warns about Future Tall Building Developments
CTBUH Global News, 2012-08
Different Perspectives on the Shard
Architecture Today, 2012-08
Site Names World's Ten Best Observation Decks
Viator Travel Blog, 2012-08
Clothing Retailer Confirmed for The Shard
Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012-07
Video: The Shard's Inaugural Ceremonies
CTBUH Global News, 2012-07
The Shard Set to Debut Tonight
CTBUH Global News, 2012-07
Video: Building the Shard
CTBUH Global News, 2012-06
Companies Consider Renting Space in the Shard
Reuters, 2012-05
Luxury Penthouse Unveiled in Europe's Tallest Building
London Evening Standard, 2012-05
Qatar-backed Shard in London to be Unveiled on July 5
arabianBusiness.com, 2012-04
Video: An Aerial View of The Shard
CTBUH Global News, 2012-04
Shard's Spire Now in Place as Europe's Tallest Building
BBC, 2012-04
Work Almost Complete on Shard Structure
MailOnline, 2012-02
Shard casts a shadow over Tower's future as wonder of the world
London Evening Standard, 2011-11
Extreme plumbing: Pumping water up the Shard
HUMANS iNVENT, 2011-11
Crane Gives Dizzying Bird's Eye View Of London
Sky News HD, 2011-09
Reaching for the stars: Breathtaking pictures of The Shard soaring over London's skyline
MailOnline, 2011-09
Video: The Shard From The Air
Londonist, 2011-05
London's new best friend?
World Architecture News, 2011-05
The Shard effect on London
London Evening Standard, 2011-05
Skyscrapers play havoc with historic London skyline
Times Live, 2011-04
Renzo Piano's "The Shard" Rising Over London
Architecture Record, 2011-03
The Shard of Glass: view from atop the tallest skyscraper in Europe
The Telegraph, 2011-02
The Shard: a symbol of towering ambition
The Guardian, 2011-01
London: Shard of Glass progress celebrated
bdonline.co.uk, 2010-12
Shard London Bridge becomes the UK's tallest structure
BBC, 2010-12
London's Shard Overtakes One Canada Square
SkyscraperNews.com, 2010-11
Shard Skyscraper Noise Reduction Efforts Win National Award
London se1, 2010-11
In Progress: The Shard, London / Renzo Piano
ArchDaily, 2010-09
Transport for London No Longer First Tenant as Shard Backs Out
Need Office Space?, 2010-06
The Shard: Foot of the mountain
Building, 2010-05
The Man Who Plans to Tower Over London
The Independent, 2010-04
The Shard Starts To Climb
Londonist, 2009-12
Onsite Rental Facility for Europe's Tallest
Rentel Equipment Register, 2009-12
"Shard" Defies Crisis as Qataris Lift London Skyline
Bloomberg, 2009-08
Piling To Rachet Up On Shard Site
SkyscraperNews.com, 2009-04
Mace to Build Sellar's Shard Skyscraper
PropertyWeek.com, 2009-02
Shard Offers Highest Apartments In London
SkyscraperNews.com, 2008-10