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Topics: 2009, London

The iconic tower has redefined the
London skyline and is already an international symbol for London


Architectural Style



32 London Bridge Street London


51.5045°N 0.0865°W


March 2009


July 2012


1 February 2013


State of Qatar (95%)
Sellar Property Group (5%)


309.6 M (1,016 ft.)


244.3M (802 ft.)

Floor count


Floor area

110,000 Sq. M




Renzo Piano


Sellar Property Group


WSP Global
Robert Bird Group
(concrete temporary works), Ischebaeck Titan on most floors 40+
(concrete support)

• The Shard was conceived as a building with multiple uses: a vertical city where people could live, work and relax.
• It comprises world-class offices, awardwining restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La
Hotel, exclusive residences and the UK’s highest viewing gallery, The View from
The Shard, offering 360-degree views.
• referred to as the Shard of Glass
• The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 meters
(802 ft.).
• It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano



Floor area

Space designation

73 – 87


68 – 72

758 sq. m. (8, 159 sq. ft.)

The view from the Shard (observatory)

53 – 65

5, 772 sq. m. (62, 129 sq. ft.)


34 – 52

Shangri-La Hotel

31 – 33

5, 945 sq. m. (63, 991 sq. ft.)

Restaurants (Hutong, Bollix and Aqua Shard


South Hook Gas


Aram Partners


52,322 sq. m. (563,189 sq. ft.)


24 – 25

The Office Group

19 – 23

52,322 sq. m. (563,189 sq. ft.)





Warwick Business School and Foresight


Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera UK London Studio

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