The Shard to get its crown

The Shard at London Bridge Quarter will be the tallest building in Europe, with 79 occupied floors, and a spire adding 23 more floors. The final crane has been raised into position to lift the partly pre-assembled parts of the spire into place. The crane is sitting on a platform attached to floor 55 of the tower, and will lift the 500 tonnes of steel for the spire to the top of the building.

This is the view from the cab of the crane, which in its highest position will be 7 metres higher than the finished building. It is the tallest crane in the UK at 317 metres (1040 feet) above ground level.

Lots of Londoner’s will have seen the meteoric rise of the Shard over the last 18 months, and will remember the previous stubby tower block, and the cavernous hole in the ground when the earthworks began. It’s really exciting to see the project nearing completion, but before we get too carried away by the towering height of the Shard, we should put it in perspective…


About ehauke

I am a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College. I teach on the MSc in Science Communication in the Science Communication Unit, and have recently developed a new academic module for the course called 'Science and Communication for Development'. I am also the Field Leader for Global Challenges within Imperial Horizons. Imperial Horizons is a programme offered to all Imperial undergraduates to help them broaden their education and pursue additional learning interests alongside their science, maths, engineering or medical degree. The Global Challenges field comprises eight different courses that give students the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, team working and project skills and to gain an appreciation for interdisciplinary learning.

Posted on 17 November, 2011, in Culture, Tech and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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