The Shard Office tower has taken a speedy lead to become Britain’s tallest building, taking front position over Canary Wharf’s office space after 18 years as the tallest office building in London.
The 770 feet high One Canada Square premises at Canary Wharf has been overpowered by the new Shard office space, which will stand at more than 1000 feet tall when complete.
The Shard was designed by Renzo Piano, who alongside Richard Rogers, is also the architect behind the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The building will be completed in 2012 with a final height of 1,017 feet
Standing at 72 floors in height, the office space will be accompanied by restaurants, retail space and Europe’s first five-star rated Shangri-La Hotel.
Construction work began on the project last year, with the building increasing in height by approximately three metres each day. The Shard is one of a number of major new London office spaces emerging to cope with growing demand for workspace within the capital city.
The entrance to the Shard will also benefit from direct access to London Bridge Railway Station and the Underground.
The Shard will also feature a viewing gallery to give London visitors the chance to enjoy impressive views across the capital city. When complete in 2012, the Shard will become the tallest building in the UN.
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