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Old February 10th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #2121
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Indeed, nice diagram

A small correction re Tower 42 - you are of course correct in that it has more than 42 levels, but I think you will find it has 49 levels above ground, not 47.

From my recollection when I worked there for NatWest in the 1980s, the configuration is:

Ground floor
Mezzanine
Podium
P1 (service level in the core, access by stairwells)
P2 (service level in the core, access by stairwells)
42 x numbered cantilevered levels, including 3 mechanical levels
2 x mechanical levels at the top
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Old February 10th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #2122
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Old February 11th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #2123
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I'm so stoked for London and this tower, this will be a true landmark for this great city, (IMO, allready an icon) and it's almost exactly the same height as our own US Bank tower, (in the great city I live in....!!!)

Have the pouring operations on the core stopped to let the steel catch up...? all you structural guys pay attention, this should prove to be an interesting one to watch..!!!!

Have not been to London since 1983, but it's going to great to see this on the skyline whenever i do get back there...!
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Old February 11th, 2010, 12:35 AM   #2124
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I was in LA last year and knew the US Bank tower was the same height...and I was thankful to see that that is indeed...pretty tall.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 12:37 AM   #2125
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Old February 11th, 2010, 01:21 AM   #2126
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Nicely coming along!
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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #2127
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Again the question: Will the steel outer structure be connected to the inner concrete core?

I ask because it sure would be a cool design feature to be able to look up or down the center of the building.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:57 PM   #2128
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Again the question: Will the steel outer structure be connected to the inner concrete core?

I ask because it sure would be a cool design feature to be able to look up or down the center of the building.
It will of course be connected yes. That said, the core doesn't need to wait for it as someone else suggested a couple of posts back.

It might be cool to have a 300m high really small atrium... until a fire. Pointy chimney anyone?
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #2129
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I think they're waiting for the concrete to cure a bit more since it has gone up so fast. Then they will attach the steel structure to the core.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #2130
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It will of course be connected yes. That said, the core doesn't need to wait for it as someone else suggested a couple of posts back.

It might be cool to have a 300m high really small atrium... until a fire. Pointy chimney anyone?
People could rapel down the core to escape!

Seriously, the core does not show any signs of attachment points (so far) Normally it would be easier to have the bolts or brackets encased in the concrete, rather than drill into it to attach the steel. Then again, that would probably slow down the amazing progress we see.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 10:41 PM   #2131
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People could rapel down the core to escape!

Seriously, the core does not show any signs of attachment points (so far) Normally it would be easier to have the bolts or brackets encased in the concrete, rather than drill into it to attach the steel. Then again, that would probably slow down the amazing progress we see.
Look very carefully in the last photo in on this page, you can see a couple of rows of fin plates. (little black dots), these are the new steel attachment plates.
Also steel has already started to be attached the the core on the north side (station side).
Floor plates have also been delivered and laid out on the steel ready for flooring.
The next 2-3 weeks should see some big changes. Once the steel has been connected to the core and the floor laid and poured all the way around level 5 then progress will begin on the steel work at a rate of 1.5 floors a week. This tower will be up in a blink of an eye.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #2132
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:10 AM   #2133
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Good to see it built, but.... the way they've put that Shard sign on top of the core makes me laugh
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #2134
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I was in LA last year and knew the US Bank tower was the same height...and I was thankful to see that that is indeed...pretty tall.
The tower you are talking about is actually 319m. So slightly taller
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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:41 AM   #2135
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310m according to emporis/wikipedia and on the skyscraper page diagram :P
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Old February 12th, 2010, 03:01 AM   #2136
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For someone standing right next to the building, will the sloping face make it seem even more taller or less? I can't seem to visualise it in my head.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #2137
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Having stood next to the Transamerica Pyramid...I dont think it makes a difference...but it didn't make it appear any taller.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #2138
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About time London got a supertall! And a gorgeous one at that. :3
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Old February 12th, 2010, 10:26 AM   #2139
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Once the steel has been connected to the core and the floor laid and poured all the way around level 5 then progress will begin on the steel work at a rate of 1.5 floors a week. This tower will be up in a blink of an eye.
Looks like it will be tallest in Europe upon completion after all.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 03:31 PM   #2140
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For someone standing right next to the building, will the sloping face make it seem even more taller or less? I can't seem to visualise it in my head.
In theory should look taller...
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