|Also known as||
The Shard of Glass
|Formerly known as||
Shard London Bridge
London Bridge Tower
32 London Bridge Street
London, England SE1
|Designed by||Renzo Piano|
- Floor space: 1,389,987 square feet
- Office space: 576,784 square feet
- Glass facade: 602,779 square feet *Weight: 18,000 tons.
- Glass: 11,000 panes.
- Roof height: 998 feet.
- Elevators: 44
- Developer: Sellar Property Group
- Architecture firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
- Architecture firm: Adamson Associates
- Architect: Renzo Piano
- Associate architecture firm: Adamson Associates
- At the time of completion, this was the tallest building in Europe.
- The building was designed with 39 elevators, 11 of them double-deckers.
- The height of the observation level is 804 feet.
- Because of the building's tapering shape, the floors are of different sizes. Office floors range from 31,379 to 14,456 square feet.
- March, 2001: A planning application for this building was submitted to the London Borough of Southwark.
- March, 2002: Both the Southward Borough and Ken Livingstone, then Mayor of London, gave their support to the project.
- July, 2002: The Deputy Prime Minister put the planning application on hold so that a public inquiry could be launched into the impact the building would have on the city.
- April, 2003: A public inquiry began into the construction of this building, allowing people to voice their concerns about its potential impact on the city.
- November 19, 2003: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister gave the developers planning permission, a key step in moving the building from drawing board to reality.
- August, 2007: The Times of London reported that the building would be delayed at least a year because of financial difficulties.
- April, 2008: The Southwark Towers were demolished to make way for this building.
- February, 2009: Construction began.
- March 16, 2009: Official date of construction start.
- March 30, 2012: This building topped out.
- July 5, 2012: Inauguration ceremonies were held for this building, though it would be many more months before it opened to the public.
- May 6, 2014: The Shangri-La London opened in this building.