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  #21  
Old Posted Jan 23, 2008, 1:23 AM
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Very futuristic along with the other proposed towers. I like it!
     
     
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2008, 2:37 AM
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Very glad to hear this thing still has a chance of being built!
     
     
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I hope this thing gets built, it's cool.
     
     
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2008, 6:02 PM
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Wow that's impressive. It reminds me of the TransAmerica building in San Francisco, and when comparing the two it makes the TransAmerica building look like crap.
     
     
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This would be One Hell Of A Building!
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2008, 1:55 AM
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So, what is the status of this project?
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So, what is the status of this project?
To sum up...

- full planning permission was granted in 2003
- tenants have since been gained for the hotel and office space
- a new consortium of Qatari banks are funding its development
- the consortium said recently they intend to begin work immediately
- the site was finally vacated last summer, and demolition began last December. This was halted for a while, as financial issues were resolved, but following the new consortium's announcement it has begun again. The site will be cleared around June/July.
- Mace are agreeing to a fixed-price construction contract
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 22, 2008, 12:21 PM
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I'm very happy that it looks like this is finally set for lift off

Apparently, since the announcement of funding, the demolition work has sped up quite a lot.
     
     
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Old Posted Apr 3, 2008, 11:13 AM
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http://www.cnplus.co.uk/News/2008/04...eel_prize.html

Cleveland Bridge favourite for Shard of Glass steel prize

Published: 02 April 2008 10:18

Cleveland Bridge is being tipped to carry out the steel contract on the Shard of Glass in London as front runners for the key subcontract packages on the 310 m-high building begin to emerge.

Main contractor Mace is due to make a series of decisions on trade contracts by the middle of next month before it makes a summer presentation to developer Teighmore, which has told it not to bust a £300 million budget.

The steelwork deal would be the Darlington firm's most high-profile scheme since the £60 million Wembley Stadium contract, which it turned its back on when it walked off that job nearly four years ago.

The firm has priced the work along with a rival team featuring ZNS, the sister firm of Dutch company Hollandia - the contractor that ended up replacing Cleveland Bridge at Wembley - and Belgian contractor Victor Buyck.

A winner is expected to be named in May with the deal carrying a price tag of about £25 million for 11,000 tonnes of steel.

Steel will be used in the first 42 storeys of the project, which will house hotel and commercial space, with the next 30 floors residential and featuring a concrete frame, before steel is used again in the remaining floors.

Two firms, Byrne Bros and John Doyle, are pricing the concrete contract, also expected to come in at around £25 million, with Mace due to make an announcement on the winner after the steel contract has been sorted.

Demolition firm Keltbray finally began tearing down the main fabric of the existing building this week as part of its £7 million contract at the site, which is next door to London Bridge railway station. It has been on site for more than two months carrying out asbestos removal.

Mace is hoping piling work, which will be carried out by Stent, can begin by July with construction work finishing in 2011. The M&E deal is expected to be the last major package to be sorted out with the contract split into two. Phoenix Electrical is one firm looking at the deal.

Author: David Rogers. News Editor



     
     
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Old Posted Apr 4, 2008, 10:35 AM
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http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?...de=3110309&c=1

Bernard Ainsworth is hired to take on the Shard

2008 Issue 13

By Roxane McMeeken

Legendary project director leaves Atkins to lead development of 312m London Bridge tower

Bernard Ainsworth, the project director of the Millennium Dome, has been brought in to head the development of the 312m Shard tower for Sellar Property Group.

Ainsworth is leaving Atkins, where he is currently projects director, to project manage the Shard, and the surrounding London Bridge Quarter.

Ainsworth, 61, said he had intended to retire this year from his role at Atkins but changed his mind after he received Sellar’s offer. His work for Atkins included a secondment to doomed London Underground consortium Metronet.

He will start his job on 14 April. He said: “I am very excited. I’m a project management guy, I like big projects and the Shard is a great project.”

Ainsworth, who is in Building’s Hall of Fame, made his name on the Millennium Dome before becoming chief operating officer for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, which was lauded for regenerating the east of the city.

Ainsworth’s title is project managing director with specific responsibility for the £2bn London Bridge Quarter, which includes the Shard development.

The 72-storey Shard has an estimated construction value of £350m. Building revealed last week that Mace, which is building it under a fixed-price contract, may revert to a construction management procurement route if a deal is not agreed by September.

Irvine Sellar, chairman of Sellar Property Group, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have attracted one of the construction industry’s leading builders to lead what we believe to be Britain’s most prestigious regeneration project.

He has a superlative track record of delivering large and complicated construction projects on time and within budget.



     
     
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Concrete construction on top of steel construction? Weird.

I guess it makes some sense, use steel for office where its properties allow huge open spans. Concrete for residential, because of its insulating and sound properties.

Seems like loading that steel frame below with lots of weight, but
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A quick update of the demolition progress, posted by Fitz44 on SkyscraperCity. Piling and groundwork is reported to be starting in July -


     
     
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2008, 7:09 PM
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From almazUK on flickr:

     
     
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I like this one.

Is that a battleship in the Thames?
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This might be the European Tower im most excited about, but i can't help getting so impatient. SOO many years waiting for it
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I like this one.

Is that a battleship in the Thames?
Actually, I think it's a destroyer. But meh.

Can't wait to see this tower start up!
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I like this one.

Is that a battleship in the Thames?

HMS Belfast -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Belfast



     
     
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Old Posted May 4, 2008, 10:33 PM
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This is honestly the most impressive skyscraper planned for Europe. Very glad to see this great architecture hit London - by 2015 the London skyline will most likely be the best in Europe.
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Old Posted May 5, 2008, 1:05 AM
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The most impressive would have to be the Russia Tower. This is the second best.

But they're actually gonna build this? I always thought they were gonna back out but it's great that they're gonna build it.
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