Can't believe we don't have a thread for this already... it's one of the biggest towers going up in Europe. Demolition has now started.
London Bridge Tower - the "Shard"
72 + 15 radiator levels
Sellar Property Group
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Construction timetable displayed on the current site
- Irvine Sellar's landmark tower, dubbed the "Shard of Glass" by the media, will be the first building in the UK to break the
1000ft barrier. It will be nearly twice the height of SwissRe, and could become the tallest building in Western Europe.
- London's first truly "mixed use" tower, the floors will be divided as follows:
- At the lower levels, the skyscraper will extend the existing public concourse and open up routes connecting Guy's Hospital,
King's College and the southern residential areas to the business communities stretching along the river.
- 30% less energy will be required than for a conventional tall building through the extensive use of the latest
conservation and recycling techniques and materials. A ventilated double skin façade will considerably reduce heat gain
and increase comfort close to the facade. Excess heat from the offices will be used to heat the hotel and apartments
and any additional excess heat will be dissipated naturally through a 16-storey radiator at the top of the tower.
Winter gardens with operable louvre windows will be located on each floor allowing the occupants to connect with
the outside world.
- Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the tower was structurally redesigned to improve stability and reduce
- The total cost of the project is in excess of £1.2bn and includes major refurbishment of London Bridge tube and
bus stations, along with other local transport improvements.
- Following objections from English Heritage, and a lengthy public inquiry, London Bridge Tower was given final approval by the
Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, on 19th November 2003. The tower has since gained tenants - Shangri-La Hotels
who will be occupying floors 34-52 - and Transport for London
who will take a large chunk of the office space.
The tower is scheduled to be topped-out by the end of 2010, and is due to open in 2012 - a few weeks before the Olympic Games.
Image credit: Chest