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Friday, 18 November 2011
The Shard

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Fink’s recent post reminded me that I had taken this photograph of the Shard at London Bridge earlier this month.  The Shard:

is a skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London. When completed in May 2012, it will be the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th-tallest building in the world, standing 310 m (1,017 ft) tall. It will also be the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the 330 m (1,083 ft) Emley Moor transmitting station.
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The Shard was announced with the hope that it would be the tallest building in Europe, surpassing Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Tower, which at 259 m (850 ft) had held the record since 1997. The Commerzbank has since been surpassed in height by three Moscow skyscrapers, Triumph-Palace, Naberezhnaya Tower, and The City of Capitals, all of which will in turn be surpassed by the Shard tower. However, in 2005, construction started on a skyscraper in Moscow that will rise higher than the Shard, the Mercury City Tower.

Mmm, at the 2012 Olympics I can picture the Buffoon of London, Boris Johnson, telling the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin that his tower is the tallest.

Posted by bigblue on 18/11/2011 at 05:07 PM
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