Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Visit to the Shard

Monday 20 May saw my return to London and hosting a Greater London Region visit to the Shard.

With over 40 people accompanying me, it was a shame that the weather was rather cloudy but it was great to visit this spectacular building and network with my peers in the London Region.

The Shard is a 72-storey skyscraper and commenced construction in March 2009, was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the European Union. Renzo Piano was the Shard's architect and the glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck – the UK's highest – at a height of 244.3 metres (802 ft).

The views across London were very impressive indeed and was a swift lift from the ground right up to the 72nd floor - not good for those with vertigo but certainly worth the visit if you can.

Going up!

CIAT members enjoy the Shard and its view

With Simran Bansal, BCU Architectural Technology degree student

The Shard, from below

Looking out at the South of the Thames

With George Lowe PCSAAT MCIAT, founding member of CIAT

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