Huge Shard gets “mini-me”


The building set to break height records in Europe – Shard London Bridge – is set to get a baby brother.

The Shard will reach 1,017 feet above the London skyline, making it the tallest building in Europe, when work finishes next year.

The same architect responsible for designing the Shard, Renzo Piano, has also created a smaller version of the building, currently named The Place, which will prove 17 storeys of prime London offices with 463,000 square feet of space.

Due to complete in 2013, the miniature Shard will cost more than £130m to construct, and forms part of the huge £2 billion London Bridge project.

Sellar Property Group, which is constructing the Place building, said it would feature a winter garden, and utilise natural light.

The Shard itself will have 72 floors, featuring offices, residential property and retail outlets. It will replace an old office tower and, according to Sellar, will “become a symbol for the capital that is recognisable throughout the world.”

According to Building Design, Irvine Sellar, chairman of the Sellar Property Group, the Place will help provide vital offices in London at a time when prime properties are at a premium.

“The Place will be London’s largest and most efficient office building to hit the market in 2013,” he said, “at a time when there is expected to a real shortage of prime Grade A space available to let.”

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