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Shard London Bridge, also known as London Bridge Tower, the Shard of Glass, 32 London Bridge and The Shard is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London. When completed in 2012 it will be the tallest building in the United Kingdom and one of the tallest buildings in Europe.
The Shard was announced with the hope that it will be the tallest building in Europe on completion, surpassing Frankfurt's Commerzbank Tower, which at 259 m (850 ft) had been the tallest building in Europe since 1997.
In addition to the tower, there will be major improvements to London Bridge station and the surrounding area. As part of a Section 106 legal agreement, these will include a new concourse and public piazza, affordable housing and regeneration programmes. A new museum will also be built.
Data derived from the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse has resulted in a re-evaluation of the design of tall structures now being built globally. Shard’s early conceptual designs were among the first in the UK to be progressed following the publication of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report into the WTC collapse. The building will be designed to maintain its stability under the most onerous conditions.
Another notable feature of the building will be a public viewing gallery at the top. This would be expected to draw over two million visitors a year. In addition, a shorter building known as London Bridge Place will be built nearby. This will replace the current London Bridge House and the combined sites will create what will be known as The London Bridge Quarter.
In early 2009, demolition of Southwark Towers was complete, and site preparation began for construction.
In late February 2009, the construction contract with Mace was signed, allowing construction to commence in March.
Building is under way.
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