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Shard London Bridge
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Shard London Bridge, set to become the tallest building in Western Europe.
Technical Data
Height to tip 310.00 m
Height to roof 309.98 m
Height to top floor 244.00 m
Floors   82
Gross floor area 111,400.00 m²
Companies
Developer Sellar Property Group

Shard London Bridge — also known as London Bridge Tower and the Shard of Glass — is a major new skyscraper being planned for London.

It was designed by architect Renzo Piano for a site on the Southwark side of London Bridge, next to London Bridge station, at 32 London Bridge Street. It would replace Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office building which was completed in 1976. The tower will be 310 metres (1016 feet) tall and have 72 floors, plus a further 16 radiator floors in the roof, making it the tallest building in the country. After a lengthy public inquiry, it was granted full planning permission in November 2003.

When it was first announced, it was hoped that it would be the tallest building in Europe on completion. This will no longer be the case, however, as there is a 340 m (1115 ft) building already under construction in Moscow. Another skyscraper, the Bishopsgate Tower, was submitted for planning permission in London and was originally proposed to exceed the height of the Shard by a metre. However, the scheduled height of the Bishopsgate Tower has now been reduced, making the Shard set to become the tallest building in London (and in Britain) once again.

Construction was expected to begin in 2005, with completion in 2009. However in 2004, the company PricewaterhouseCoopers, who hold a long-term lease on Southwark Towers, decided that they were not willing to vacate before 2006. This pushed the potential completion date back to the end of 2010. Actual demolition of the current site is now expected to take place in late 2006 or early 2007, ready in time for the tower to start construction in summer 2007 with completion by the end of 2010.

The current tenants have indicated that they will vacate the premises in mid to late 2007, making an actual demolition date of early 2008 more viable.[citation needed]

The building project will also involve major improvements to the concourse and facilities of London Bridge station. It will include shops, offices and flats as well as a museum and a public piazza. A hotel, to be operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as their first European location, is expected to take up around a fifth of the available space. A large pre-let for office space in the tower was also made by Transport for London, who intend it to be their new headquarters.

Another notable feature of the building will be a public viewing gallery at the top. This is expected to draw over 2 million visitors a year, around the same number who visit the London Eye.

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Supertall proposed skyscrapers (at least 300 meters tall)
</th></tr> <tr><th>Proposed:</th><td>175 Greenwich Street (World Trade Center Tower 3), 200 Greenwich Street (World Trade Center Tower 2), Chicago Spire, Al Burj, Signature Tower, Burj al Alam, Mubarak al-Kabir Tower , Plaza Rakyat, Russia Tower, Shard London Bridge, Emirates Park Tower 1, Emirates Park Tower 2, Elite Residence, Elite Residence, The Skyscraper, Four Seasons Dubai Festival City, AIG Main Tower, International Business Center, Lotte World II Hotel, Ice Tower, Palacio de la Bahía, Torre Central, Torre Planetarium, Suyong Bay Tower, Incheon Tower 1, Incheon Tower 2, Center of India Tower, San Francisco Transbay Tower I</td></tr> <tr><th>Cancelled:</th><td>7 South Dearborn, Grollo Tower, Chicago World Trade Center, Project 2000,
Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle, Palace of Soviets, New York Stock Exchange Tower, Television City Tower, Badriya Tower, Park Square Tower , Proposed Mixed Use Tower, 10 Columbus Circle, Larkin Building,  Hotel Attraction, South Ferry Plaza, 383 Madison Avenue, 1 New York Place, Hankang City Tower, Torre Generali, Sapphire Tower, Imar Plaza, Eaton's / John Maryon Tower</td></tr> <tr><th>Visions:</th><td>Pyramid City, Sky City 1000, The Illinois, X-Seed 4000, Aeropolis 2001, Kostabi World Trade Center, The Golden Dome Dubai, Cintas Tower</td></tr>       
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