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Old November 15th, 2010, 01:53 PM   #4481
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At this rate of construction, I doubt that we will have to wait until 2012 to see the tower externally completed. I last visited in January, when the slip-forming had just started and look at it now. I would expect the rate of floor construction to increase over the next few weeks as the shear area of each floor plate diminishes.
very true.....the lads had a good summer....now its a bit cooler...hence a bit pace slack....roll on summer.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #4482
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At this rate of construction, I doubt that we will have to wait until 2012 to see the tower externally completed. I last visited in January, when the slip-forming had just started and look at it now. I would expect the rate of floor construction to increase over the next few weeks as the shear area of each floor plate diminishes.
The rate will not increase as a result of the square footage reducing - there will be the same number of parts to put together, just slightly less floor sheet.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #4483
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Charlotte I think this every single day!
Matt, I am sure once Shard is constructed, it will set a new trend. Londoner's have always been quite good trendsetters and even today, they are far better than Parisians and Romans in that regard, even better than those in New York.

That is why I like London.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #4484
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Matt, I am sure once Shard is constructed, it will set a new trend. Londoner's have always been quite good trendsetters and even today, they are far better than Parisians and Romans in that regard, even better than those in New York.

That is why I like London.
I can't think of a space large enough for this?! Definitely not the Sapphire space. Armoury and Chestnut have the space, but would be right behind City Hall (no way jose). Oh well! We can wait! Really exciting to see the floors start to climb around the core!
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Old November 15th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #4485
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Old November 16th, 2010, 12:08 AM   #4486
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I don't think this structure matches the surroundings.
Nothing in London matches its surroundings. That's London. It's a haphazard city and we love it that way.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 02:16 PM   #4487
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Is there a race on between The Shard and Mercury City Tower in Moscow to be completed first and become Europe's tallest?
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Old November 16th, 2010, 05:37 PM   #4488
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In the minds of some forumers.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #4489
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Is there a race on between The Shard and Mercury City Tower in Moscow to be completed first and become Europe's tallest?


Doesn't matter, MCT is fugly.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #4490
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Doesn't matter, MCT is fugly.
Let's play nice, not start another argument on the subject, and be happy that Europe is building multiple supertall skyscrapers!
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Old November 16th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #4491
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to be honest I don't even see Russia as Europe ha
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Old November 16th, 2010, 11:46 PM   #4492
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Going fast. Now dwarfs Guy's Hospital.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 12:22 AM   #4493
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Old November 17th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #4494
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lev64 in core= 225m
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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:26 AM   #4495
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Top of the crane gives us a small idea of roughly how tall this beauty is gonna be.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 02:52 AM   #4496
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Is there a race on between The Shard and Mercury City Tower in Moscow to be completed first and become Europe's tallest?
I was wondering about this the other day. Us SSC'ers are quick to correct people when they say the Shard will be the tallest in Europe when finished.

But it looks like it is indeed a very close race between this and the Moscow tower.


At least it'll be the tallest in the EU which is something decent.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 04:08 AM   #4497
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It's currently 225m high? Well there you go, the Shard is currently as tall as 122 Leadenhall will be - that's pretty mega!
Great updates, as always! Will hopefully get up to London one weekend and see the Shard in person! Wonder if the University's organising a site visit for the Civ. Eng. students...
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Old November 17th, 2010, 05:56 AM   #4498
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I don't think this structure matches the surroundings.
I agree. Nice building, but looks out of place.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 07:28 AM   #4499
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I agree. Nice building, but looks out of place.
Most iconic buildings stand out. When the Eiffel tower was built I am sure it also looked out of place.

After a while people got used to it. Now you can't imagine Paris without it.

The same thing will happen with the Shard IMHO.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #4500
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Here is a similar shot taken yesterday morning

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