The Shard Skyscraper, London Bridge Tower

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The Shard Skyscraper

London Bridge Tower: Key Tall Building in England, UK – design by Renzo Piano architect

3 Oct 2007

The Shard – London Skyscraper

London Bridge Tower – The Shard

Design: Renzo Piano, architect with Ove Arup & Partners

The Shard Design

The Shard London The Shard Tower
images : Hays Davidson and John Mclean

306m / 1016 ft high – 66 storeys (orig. 80 storeys)
For comparison Canary Wharf tower is 235m / 771ft high
projected completion 2009
Developer: Sellar Property Group

London Shard architects : Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The Shard – Controversy
Supported by Mayor Ken Livingstone who apparently intends Transport for London to take office space in the Shard of Glass, but attacked by others for its height, style and impeding certain views.

London Bridge Tower Renzo Piano Tower London Renzo Piano Tower
images : Michel Denancè

The Shard & London Skyscrapers
“On my estimate 20 towers each more than 300ft high are planned, or proposed, to rise within half a mile of the Thames in inner London, with another 20 situated at random further back. Towers will be visible from every open space and down every street…and at Bermondsey the 1,000ft “glass shard”, taller even than the highest structure at Canary Wharf…There has been no public debate or consultation on any of this. There is no vision or declared ideal of how new and old should marry in the future city. It will just happen because no authority has the guts to set individual developments in any wider context…These are not communities but urban fortresses, worse than anything inflicted on London in the 60s or 70s.” Simon Jenkins in the Guardian 28 Sep 2007

The Shard
The Shard : image by RPBW

UNESCO in their report into the Tower of London apparently suggested the Shard of Glass and Bishopsgate Tower be cancelled

The Shard design : Renzo Piano

Location:London Bridge Station