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.
|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|