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Height: Occupied
244.3 m / 802 ft
 
Height: To Tip
306 m / 1,004 ft
Height: Architectural
306 m / 1,004 ft
 
The Shard Outline
Height: Observatory
244.3 m / 802 ft
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

Facts

Official Name The Shard
Other Names The Shard of Glass, London Bridge Tower, The Shard at London Bridge
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Kingdom
City London
Street Address & Map 32 London Bridge Street
Building Functions residential / hotel / office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2000
Construction Start 2009
Completion 2013
Official Website The Shard
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #67 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #2 Tallest in Europe
National Ranking #1 Tallest in United Kingdom
City Ranking #1 Tallest in London

Companies Involved

Owner London Bridge Quarter Ltd
Developer Sellar Property Group
Architect
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 Consultant
• Cost AECOM
Façade Permasteelisa Group
Vertical Transportation Lerch Bates
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• 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 Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Jan 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

CTBUH Releases Study on the Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
May 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper

London Report: Bucking a Western Trend?
Jul 2011 – Tour Report

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to The Shard

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Jan 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over…
CTBUH Releases Study on the Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
May 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
There are currently 109 skyscrapers over 150 meters in Europe. This number is set to jump to 161 by the end of 2015, meaning that there are more than 50 projects in advanced stages of construction.
London Report: Bucking a Western Trend?
Jul 2011, London – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood visited the UK in July for the inaugural meeting of a future CTBUH UK Chapter and other endeavors.
Shard London Bridge Visit
22 Jan 2011, London – Tour Report
While in London, CTBUH’s Jan Klerks took the opportunity to visit the city's future tallest building; the Shard London Bridge, currently rising next to London Bridge Station.

Global News

Rooms with a (Raunchy) View from London’s Shard
13 May 2014 – London

Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London
13 Mar 2014 – London

Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date
10 Feb 2014 – London

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Rooms with a (Raunchy) View from London’s Shard
13 May 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Visitors to London’s Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard may be impressed initially with the ceiling-to-floor glass walls that offer unparalleled sweeping views of the city,…
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Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London
13 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A recent study by New London Architecture (NLA) found that 236 towers over 20 stories tall are already proposed, approved, or under construction in London, with the…
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Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date
10 Feb 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel…
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Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below
28 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Three restaurants with sky-high views in the Shard were listed as the most visited in London, despite the lack of occupants in the rest of the building. However, the…
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Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower
16 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A new Renzo Piano-designed tower is joining the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood; less than a year after the completion of The Shard. The "new" 27-story tower will be a…
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Pritzker-winning Architect Designs Paris Courthouse Tower
14 Oct 2013 – Paris, France
Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled the design of the Paris Courthouse, a multi-story tower comprised of four volumes. The Palais de Justice, located in the Clichy…
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Iconic Buildings Become Pawns in Skyline Chess
28 Aug 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Iconic London architecture becomes kings, queens and pawns in Skyline Chess Set, by Ian Flood & Chriss Prosser. Famous and cherished structures of the city, including The…
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Greenpeace Makes an Icy Statement on The Shard
11 Jul 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Six women attempted to climb London's Shard this morning, Thursday, July 11, in protest over Arctic oil drilling. The six activists evaded security guards at 4 AM, London…
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London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate
11 Jun 2013 – London, United Kingdom
As the tall building community comes to London for the CTBUH 2013 London Conference, media sources in the city are examining the legacy of the tall building in the…
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Shard Secures First Office Tenant
3 May 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps has signed a contract to lease about 20,000 square feet (1,806 square meters) of office space in the Shard.…
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The Guardian's Readers Celebrate Tall Buildings
22 Apr 2013 – London, United Kingdom
As part of the Guardian's "Assignment of the Week" photography initiative, readers are encouraged to submit photos of tall buildings around the world. The theme was…
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Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard
19 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo…
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The Shard Celebrates Foggy Opening Day
4 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
London's Shard officially acquired the title of Europe's tallest skyscraper with the opening of the viewing platform on February 1. Designed by Italian Pritzker Prize-…
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Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out
11 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Tickets for the first two days of access to the Shard's viewing floor have sold out, despite a GBP24.95 price tag. The first visitors will be taken to the viewing area on…

Videos

Best Tall Building Europe: The Shard: Building Europe’s Tallest
6 Nov 2013 – Bill Price, WSP

CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Dinner
6 Nov 2013 – Dinner 2013

Interview: The Shard
6 Nov 2013 – Bill Price, WSP

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Best Tall Building Europe: The Shard: Building Europe’s Tallest
6 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Bill Price, WSP; Dave Elder, Mace
The winner of the Best Tall Building Europe award, The Shard is both heroic on the skyline and beautifully executed at the scale of the pedestrian, and clearly…
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Dinner
6 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2013
The 12th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe's iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2013 "Best Tall…
Interview: The Shard
6 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Bill Price, WSP; Dave Elder, Mace
Dave Elder and Bill Price discuss The Shard, the Best Tall Building Europe Winner. They discuss the lengthy process of designing the building and then getting it through…
Interview: The Shard
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property
Irvine Sellar of Sellar Property is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Irvine talks about the process of getting…
Interview: Heritage and Future of London Tall Buildings
10 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Kamran Moazami, WSP
Kamran Moazami of WSP Group is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Kamran discusses the history of the high-rise in…
Interview: Integration of Tall Buildings
10 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Stephan Krummeck, Farrells
Sir Terry Farrell & Stephan Krummeck of Farrells are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Terry and Stephan talk…
Reaching New Heights: The Shard
10 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property
There was perhaps no better example of a tall building that encapsulates the overall conference theme than The Shard. Subject to numerous planning enquiries and great…
Interview: BREEAM and LEED
20 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
Steve Watts of AECOM Davis Langdon is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Steve discusses the value of different…
Effective & Sustainable Tall Buildings: A Blueprint for the Future
18 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon; Judit Kimpian, Aedas
This presentation discussed the “Future Office” study focusing on the principle of exploring simultaneously the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of a…
Interview: Marketing of Tall Buildings
18 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; William Murray, Wordsearch
William Murray of Wordsearch is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. William discusses the marketing of tall…
Selling Tall: The Branding and Marketing of Tall Buildings
18 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; William Murray Wordsearch
Tall buildings are important brands – creating both value and recognition for the cities and countries that create them. We have a duty to ensure that the messaging,…
The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use
21 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
Davis Langdon’s cost model for tall buildings is a seminal reference tool in the industry. In addition, a complimentary reference for sustainable-economics in the context…

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Research Papers

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Jan 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I

From “Dry and Safe” to “Tall and Sharp” / Owning an Icon
Jun 2013 – Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property

Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
May 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II

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Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Jan 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing…
From “Dry and Safe” to “Tall and Sharp” / Owning an Icon
Jun 2013 – Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property; Kent Gardner, Evans Randall
The owners of two of London’s most significant skyscrapers, Irvine Sellar of the Shard and Kent Gardner of the Gherkin, spoke with CTBUH about the challenges and rewards…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
May 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; CTBUH Research
There are currently 109 skyscrapers over 150 meters in Europe. This number is set to jump to 161 by the end of 2015, meaning that there are more than 50 projects in…
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Kamran Moazami & Ron Slade, WSP
Can historic cities preserve their character and identity while embracing the modern tall building phenomenon? Two engineering-team leaders behind the Shard discuss the…
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities: The Shard
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Kamran Moazami & Ron Slade, WSP
Can historic cities preserve their character and identity while embracing the modern tall building phenomenon? Two engineering-team leaders behind the Shard discuss the…
Sustainability and the Tall Building: Recent Developments and Future Trends
Dec 2009 – AIA Illinois Central Symposium; Mir M. Ali & Paul Armstrong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
As a major energy consumer, the tall building does not ordinarily conjure images of sustainable design. But a new generation of tall buildings is incorporating new…
Steel-Concrete-Steel: Unique Hybrids at London Tallest
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Kamran Moazami, John Parker & Rodolfo Giannini, WSP Cantor Seinuk
This paper presents the structural engineering design approach used to create the iconic tower named the ‘Shard at London Bridge’ (Architect: Renzo Piano Building…
The Economics of Super-Tall Towers
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Wiley Tal Journal, 2007; Watts, Steve ; Kalita, Neal and Maclean, Michael
This paper addresses global economic factors infl uencing the decisions leading to the development of super-tall towers, including population growth and urbanization,…

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Best Tall Building Europe 2013 Winner
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