The Shard

The Shard, also known as the Shard of Glass, or Shard London Bridge, and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 72-story skyscraper in Southwark, London, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano as part of the Shard Quarter construction. The Shard, at 309.6 meters tall, is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the seventh-tallest in the Europe. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, which means it is listed among structures that are 150m in height or more. This is the basis for a building to qualify as a skyscraper in the United Kingdom.

Historical Background

The Shard’s construction began in March 2009, and it was completed on March 30, 2012, and opened on July 5, 2012. In November 2012, the project was completed in its entirety. The View from The Shard, the tower’s privately owned observation deck, opened to the public on February 1, 2013. The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors and an open-air observation deck on the top level.

The Shard was developed by Sellar Property Group and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar. The Shard is managed by Real Estate Management Limited on behalf of the owners.


The Shard consists of a 26-story office complex with 32 companies from ten different industries, three restaurants (Aqua Shard, Oblix, and Hutong), the five-star Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, ten residential residences, and The View from The Shard, the UK’s highest viewing gallery.

Major Activities at The Shard

  1. Wedding ceremonies

With breathtaking views, custom-made menus, and an experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff, the Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, is the ideal location for wedding celebrations. The one-of-a-kind venue on level 34 will accommodate weddings, civil ceremonies, and receptions for groups of 20 to 110 people. From start to finish, the dedicated events team will take care of every detail.

  1. Base jumping and climbing

Between 2009 and 2012, BASE jumpers are said to have jumped from The Shard more than a dozen times. Essex roofer Dan Witchalls is said to have completed four jumps, one of which he filmed with a helmet-mounted camera. According to reports, the highest jump was from a height of 260 meters. Another individual BASE jumped from The Shard in March 2016.

Other Activities

  • City Viewing

Simply put, for one of the best views of the city and the chance to do so from one of London’s most famous landmarks. The View from The Shard, at 309.6 meters high, is the UK’s highest viewpoint and the ideal starting point for those looking to explore the area, as it offers a beautiful birds-eye view of the streets and landmarks below, enabling guests to map out various options to be explored on their trip.

  • Leisure

The shards comprises of the GONG which is the highest hotel bar in Western Europe, located on Level 52. Refreshing cocktails served at the bar while taking in a breathtaking view of the capital is an experience worth exploring.

Water damage? Hidden leaks? Loss of boiler pressure?

If you are a resident of London, you have probably needed a plumber at one point. Water pipes could burst, underground leaks could occur, or your boiler could be losing pressure. If any of this happens there is a solution. ADI leak detection company offers the best leak detection in London.

They specialize in tracing and locating leaks and can find leaks under.

  • Concrete and Tarmac
  • Landscaped gardens
  • All types of floors
  • Fields and open spaces
  • External hard surfaces

Heating engineers will check your boiler for any signs of leaks and will repair it promptly. ADI has a list of equipment at their disposal that can find the hidden leaks. They also offer other services like swimming pool leak detection. They check the level of water and if your filtration system is pulling in air. They will strive to fix any leaks within a day. Feel free to talk to their team on 0800 731 3843.

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