The Shard in London completes 6 years of its inauguration as the tallest building in United Kingdom, with a height of 310 m (1,020 ft), designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London.
The Shard was inagurated on 5 July 2012 by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar, in a ceremony attended by Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
The Shard was developed by Sellar Property Group on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property (5%) and the State of Qatar (95%).
The Shard comprises a 26-floor office complex, occupied by 32 companies across ten business sectors, three restaurants – aqua shard, oblix and Hutong, the five-star Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, ten residential apartments and the UK’s highest viewing gallery, The View from The Shard. The View from The Shard, was opened to the public on 1 February 2013. It is the highest shop in London.
All you need to know about The Shard
- The Shard is the tallest building in United Kingdom, tallest building in the European Union, the fifth-tallest building in Europe and the 96th-tallest building in the world.
- It has 11,000 glass panels, having a total area of 56,000 square meters (602,779 square feet), which equals eight football pitches.
- There are 72 habitable floors.
- You can enjoy the view when in the restroom, 244m above London.
- There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts with speeds of up to 6 meters a second.
- The total construction cost is estimated to be £435 million.
- The most exclusive room at Shangri-La hotel costs £14,000 a night.
- The Shangri-La hotel’s swimming pool is located on the 52nd floor; It is Europe’s highest swimming pool.
- The Shard is jointly owned by The State of Qatar (95%) and Sellar Property Group (5%).
- A fox was found on the 72nd floor towards the end of construction. The fox, which was nicknamed Romeo by staff, is believed to have survived on food left by construction workers. The animal was rescued and later released back into the wild.
- The Shard is kept shiny by a team of six abseiling window-cleaners. They tackle one side each week, and after finishing the fourth side they start back at the beginning, so their work never completes.