Standing at 310m tall, The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building, stretching up to 95 storeys. Incorporating spaces for retail, office, residential, a public viewing gallery, plus a hotel, The Shard’s innovative design is architecturally a masterpiece.
Requiring a number of pioneering engineering methods such as top-down construction, where foundations are dug while the core is built up – a first for the UK - Arup’s innovative design solutions were crucial for the mechanical, electrical, fire engineering, and public health systems, ensuring the building’s functionality within its complex shape.
The Shard is also a testament to overcoming challenging economic, planning and environmental conditions. During construction, the project overcame sub-zero temperatures, gale force winds and the Thames breaking through the protective dam.
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