The Shard is a skyscraper in London which is also known as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and London Bridge Tower. At the moment The Shard is the tallest building in the English capital. The building is 87-storey high and is part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The construction of the edifice began in March 2009 and was topped three years later on the 30th of March, 2012. The building was inaugurated on the 5th of July, 2012. Practical completion was achieved four months later in November 2012.
The building is 306 meters high and is currently ranked as the tallest building in the European Union. The Shard is also the second tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom, after the Emley Moor Transmitting Station which is a concrete tower with a height of 330 meters.
Of the 87 floors, 72 are habitable floors which have a viewing gallery. The 72nd floor has an open air observation deck which is open to the public and is undoubtedly the most noted feature of the building. The observation deck is known throughout the city as the View from the Shard and stands at a height of approximately 245 meters.
The Shard stands on the site where once stood the Southwark Towers. The Southwark Towers are a 24-storey office block which was built in 1975. The present building was designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano who was also designed the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France, Stadio San Nicola in Bari, Italy, the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Kensai International Airport is Osaka Japan and many more famed building and structures all over the world.
On the 17th floor of The Shard is located the second campus of the famous Warwick Business School. The school was founded in 1967 and currently has a student body of over 7,500 students. The Warwick Business School is known to be the most prestigious and highly selective business school in the world. The second campus of the school was opened in September 2014.
A floor below are located the Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera UK studios and offices. On the 31st, 32nd and 33rd floor are situated some of London’s finest restaurants including the Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard. All three restaurants are known throughout the city, country and continent for their delicious menu and amazing vistas of London. The world famous Shangri-La Hotel occupies the building from the 34th to the 52nd floor. The residential suits of the building occupy the area from the 53rd to the 65th floor.
The Shard is maintained in top condition by numerous local companies that provide professional services such as Carpet Cleaning Finchley. However some of the offices that occupy the building are maintain in proper condition by professional and cleaning contractors of their own.
At the moment the Shard is undoubtedly the most fascinating and modern building in the English capital and a testament to this claim is the fact that the building is served by an astonishing number of 44 elevators and lifts.