Facts About The Shard: The Tallest Building in London

Here are some facts about The Shard, the skyscraper built on the site of Southwark Towers in London.

  • The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe.
  • It has 95 storeys.

  • It was designed in 2000 by the architect, Renzo Piano.
  • Despite opposition from local authorities, planning consent for the construction of The Shard was given in 2003. The building was deemed to have an ‘exceptional design’.
  • The Shard contains office space, retail space, restaurants, a hotel and residential units.
  • The building appeared in the 2012 film The Snowman and The Snowdog before the building was open to the public.
  • Over 10,000 panes of glass were used to glaze The Shard.
  • There are over 300 flights of stairs, over 40 lifts (elevators) and the total floor space is more than 25 acres.
  • Most of the materials used to build the skyscraper have been recycled.

Check out this time lapse video of The Shard’s construction.

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