The Shard London Bridge finally on a full thrust

March 10th, 2008 | Tags:

Shard London Bridge Tower
London’s Super Tall – The Shard London Bridge Tower

Finally….yes finally the Shard London Bridge is slowly but surely becoming a reality. For those of you that have been living in the ice ages, the Shard London Bridge is set to become the UK’s & Western Europe’s tallest building standing at an intimidating 310 metres (1,016 feet) and spanning over 72 floors.

It is to replace the 28 year old Southwark Tower, a 24 storey office building located on 32 London Bridge Street.

The Shard according to the developers, Sellar Property Group is a mixed use ‘vertical city’ that would include a public piazza, Europe’s first Shangri-La Hotel, 5-star restaurants, a public viewing gallery, offices, shops & the highest residential apartments in the UK.

Shard London Bridge Height Comparison
Comparison of The Shard to other Landmarks in London

London’s own Super-Tall…

It is the brainchild of prominent Italian architect Renzo Piano who compares his design to “a shard of glass”. The tower’s slender, spire-like form according to Piano would be a positive addition to London’s skyline with a presence that is to be far more delicate than critics of the scheme allege.

The use of sophisticated glazing and angled panes is intended to reflect sunlight & the changing patterns of the sky on the building, in a way that it constantly changes form in line with the weather and seasons.

The Journey so far…

Although planning permission was granted in November 2003, the project has been plagued by a series of delays. When work was expected to kick off in 2005, the long-term leaseholders of Southwark Towers; PriceWaterhouseCoopers were reluctant to vacate the building until August 2007. By September 2007, when the demolition of Southwark Towers was to commence, the major stakeholders, the Halabi Family Trust was forced to sell its 80% stake in the project to a consortium of Qatari investors (QInvest, Qatar National Bank, Quatari Islamic Bank and the developer Barwa Real Estate) for £75m.

Southwark Towers
Southwark Tower – currently been demolished for The Shard’s construction to commence

And Finally

We are now proud to say that demolition of Southwark Tower has commenced and would be completed by June 2008. After which, construction of Shard London Bridge would begin, with topping out expected in 2010 and completion by the end of 2011 just in time for the London 2012 Olympics. So watch this space!

Photos of the demolition of Southwark Towers (courtesy SkyScrapercity)

Rendered images of the Shard London Bridge Tower


Floor-by-Floor Demolition of Southwark Towers


The Shard Coming off the Ground


Sub structure construction of Shard London Bridge


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  1. brian abbs
    March 31st, 2008 at 11:30
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    please keep me advised of design & construction details

  2. khalifa
    August 20th, 2008 at 10:31
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    proud to be Qatari and supporting this project :D

  3. October 12th, 2008 at 13:18
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    WEll, i think this shard of glass is going to make all the british public proud. With this shard and the other skyscrapers in canary wharf that are going to be built by 2011, london is going to be a whole new place. An extra outcome for this is that it will be ready to be looked at from people all over the world, when they watch the olympics in 2012.

  4. Kenny Boy
    December 31st, 2008 at 20:52
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    London has a huge homeless problem. The Southwalk Tower looked a fully functioning and suitable building to be converted to nice flats. Has no-one else on these forums considered issues like this?

  5. rebecca
    February 11th, 2011 at 16:07
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    In regards to your comment Kenny Boy, why should a prime location like southwalk tower be made into living accomidation draining the tax payers money when their are countless council properties in alternative areas. It will be used for people who work and pay taxes which is providing the accomidation for the homeless people anyway!

    i work in a bank in the city and my wages gets taxed 30% which goes towards free housing for people who cant be botherd to get off their arse and get a job, or illegal immigrents who shouldnt be polluting london anyway. In my opinion more office space means more jobs which is a benefit for london.

  6. corinne
    February 16th, 2011 at 15:04
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    How sad it is to see the view of London from Hampstead Heath and see what appears to be a huge crematorium chimney towering above St Paul’s, which is now almost unseen.

    February 25th, 2011 at 00:40
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    What an absolute waste of money. The Olympic village and this ‘blot’ on the landscape are just an indication of mans greed for himself riding high above his compassion for his fellow man.
    Its a disgrace!

  8. Lagoas
    March 1st, 2011 at 21:24
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    For information, the only official name is now: SHARD TOWER .

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