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Shard

The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 72-storey supertall skyscraper in London. Its construction began in March 2009; it was topped out on 30 March 2012 and then inaugurated on 5 July 2012. It opened to the public on 1 February 2013. Standing 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the European Union. It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station.

Trivia[]

  • It is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, overtaking nearby One Canada Square which held the title for 19 years.
  • It was the tallest building in Europe for a year until the Mercury City Tower in Moscow overtook it..
  • Alain Robert, a famous urban climber who climbs highrise buildings was found in the building a few months before the opening. He was arrested and banned from climbing or even entering the building.
  • The building's observation deck, which is the 275 metres high is the highest observation point in the United Kingdom.
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