Also referred to as the shard of glass, The Shard is an 87-storey skyscraper (309 m), which sits in the heart of London. Construction began in 2009 and was completed three years later in 2012, making it Western Europe’s tallest building. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, The Shard is the second tallest free standing structure in the UK. It’s exterior boasts 11,000 glass panels – that’s equivalent in area to eight football pitches or two-and-a-half Trafalgar Squares.
The building was developed to have multiple uses, described on the website as a ‘vertical city where people can live, work and relax’. This motto was clearly taken on board by a fox, nicknamed Romeo, that was found on the 72nd floor towards the end of construction. The Shard has a massive floor area of 1,307,383sqft , 72 out of 95 floors are habitable and The Shard also contains 36 working elevators.
Floor Plan (2018)
|68–72||The View from The Shard (observatory)|
|28||South Hook Gas|
|27||Arma Partners / Campari Group|
|26||CoStar Group / Marc Hermann Wealth Management|
|24–25||The Office Group|
|22||Khazanah / Jellyfish|
|19||Medical Protection Society|
|18||Gallup / Foresight Group|
|17||Warwick Business School / Sage Group|
|16||Al Jazeera English|
|15||Mathys & Squire / Arcapita / Xio Partners / Fulcrum Chambers|
|14||Duff & Phelps|
|13||Tabcorp Holdings / Warwick Business School / Duff & Phelps / Sage Group|
|11||Dods Group / Matches Fashion|
|10||Real Estate Management (UK) Limited / Robert Half / Protiviti|
|9||IO Oil and Gas / Sapphire Systems|
|8||Greenberg Traurig / Matches Fashion|
|7||Tiffany & Co. / Matches Fashion|
|4–6||Clinic (HCA Healthcare at the Shard)|
|3||Shard Quarter Management Suite|
|Ground||Hotel, restaurant and observatory entrances|
- 95% of The Shard is owned by State of Qatar and rest is owned by Seller Property Group.
- On 11 July 2013, six female Greenpeace volunteers climbed the Shard and unfurled a flag in protest against Arctic oil drilling by Royal Dutch Shell.
- BASE jumpers reportedly jumped from The Shard more than a dozen times between 2009 and 2012. Four jumps were reportedly made by Essex roofer Dan Witchalls.
- After the Shard was completed only 17 of the floors were being used by tenants in 2014 and rest of them were empty because of the rent being very expensive and less traffic.