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The Shard

The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge, and formerly London Bridge Tower is a 95-story skyscraper in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development.

Standing 309.6 meters (1,016 ft) high, the Shard is currently the 87th tallest building in the world, the tallest building in the European Union, and the fourth tallest building in Europe.

It is also the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, after the concrete tower at the Emley Moor transmitting station. The Shard’s construction began in March 2009 and was inaugurated on 6 July 2012.

The glass-clad pyramidal tower has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor, at a height of 244.3 meters (802 ft). It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers.

The View from the Shard was opened to the public on 1 February 2013  and it is the premium visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building.

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