London's Shard tower to open in July
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London’s Shard tower to open in July

01 May 2012

The Shard tower in London, UK, is scheduled to open on 5 July 2012.

Shard Tower in London

The Shard tower in London, UK, is scheduled to open on 5 July 2012.

The 310m tower, located on the south bank of the River Thames, will feature 586,000ft² of office space, a hotel, restaurants and residential apartments, and will feature the highest public viewing gallery in Europe.

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the building, in which the State of Qatar has a 95% stake, will span 72 floors with 15 additional radiator floors on the roof.

After it is completed, the Shard will be the tallest building in Western Europe, expected to attract more than a million visitors a year.

Qatar Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani said: "In addition to punctuating the skyline, The Shard, which appears over London Bridge station, will be the highly visible face of London’s newest commercial quarter for the millions of people who pass through the transport hub."

The tower is being built by Sellar Property Group in collaboration with Qatar as part of the £2bn London Bridge Quarter (LBQ) development covering an area of 1.4 million ft².

LBQ will include London Bridge Place, designed by Renzo Piano, which will feature 419,000ft² of office space and a piazza to connect the two buildings with London Bridge Station.

Shard London Bridge has been built to replace Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office building constructed on the site in 1976.


Image: Upon its completion, the tower will be the tallest building in Western Europe. Photo: Tomasz Sikorski.