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Old May 11th, 2011, 12:19 AM   #6641
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Old May 11th, 2011, 12:26 AM   #6642
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A wonderful shot of The Shard at the end of tonight's Apprentice. Watched show at my parents home in Nottingham. "What's that amazing building?" my mother asked me. I think it's a question many viewers would be asking. It looked great. The ariel shots if the city, especially at night, looked incredible.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:37 AM   #6643
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Good then, I'm also interested to know what 'regular' people think of skyscrapers.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:42 AM   #6644
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A granny in my house said The Shard looks ridiculous
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Old May 11th, 2011, 02:05 AM   #6645
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Everything modern is considered dreadful by a lot of elderly people.
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Old May 11th, 2011, 02:09 AM   #6646
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A nice video of London including the Shard

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Old May 11th, 2011, 07:28 AM   #6647
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Old May 11th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #6648
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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:00 PM   #6649
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I found The Shard making a nice backdrop for this snap of a clock across the river on St Mary-at-Hill in EC3

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Old May 11th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #6651
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A wonderful shot of The Shard at the end of tonight's Apprentice. Watched show at my parents home in Nottingham. "What's that amazing building?" my mother asked me. I think it's a question many viewers would be asking. It looked great. The ariel shots if the city, especially at night, looked incredible.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #6654
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the surroundings buildings cancel the efforts made by shard to restore the skyline.

This old city needs the others skyscrappers projects to be realized. When you look at goald coast in australia their skyline rocks.

Shard could do a lot for london but london don't the same for the shard...

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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #6655
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Three from lunch time along the river Thames from Bermondsey to Rotherhithe...





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Old May 12th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #6656
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Reflections.

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Construction: Investors transform UK horizon

The lights twinkling from the 35 completed storeys of the Shard near London Bridge already dwarf the tower blocks that punctuate the night sky along the south bank of the river Thames. The Shard is a potent symbol of the growing significance of Islamic finance, which was partly behind the funding of the project.

That, though, is only half the story of this new London landmark.

Illuminated sporadically by the red flashes of aircraft warning beacons, the concrete spine of the half-built skyscraper climbs another 40 storeys into the translucent gloom above London. At 280 metres the Shard is already the tallest building in the UK and by early next year, when it is crowned with another 15 storeys of steel spire, will be the highest anywhere in the European Union. It is a landmark on the London cityscape and has been the subject of almost constant media attention.

However, the audacious project very nearly did not happen.

In late 2007, the gathering uncertainty in the global financial markets sparked concerns about getting the construction started. Then, with some fearing the tower would have to be abandoned, a consortium of Qatari investors paid £150m ($246m) to secure an 80 per cent stake in the project. The new owners quickly stumped up the cash to start construction and the foundations were built.

In the three years since, the Shard, which at its fastest rose at 30cm an hour, has typified the role played by Islamic finance in not only supporting, but defining a new era in the UK construction and property industry. “It is all about owning a chunky trophy asset in one of the world’s big global cities and London is seen as the safest place to put large amounts of cash – it is very stable politically,” says one person involved in the Shard project.

“They want to create the biggest, fastest-built and most sought-after properties on the skyline,” the person added.

As well as the change in scale and speed of some of the building projects being financed by sharia-compliant investment – which forbids earning money through interest payments – there are certain conditions on which kinds of businesses are permitted to become tenants of the finished building. Casinos, most banks and companies connected to the alcoholic drinks industry would be very unlikely to get permission to occupy space in a building backed by Islamic finance.

A few miles upstream from the Shard, near Chelsea Bridge and opposite Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital for the Chelsea military pensioners, Islamic finance was at the core of Clifford Chance’s work on the £1.25bn acquisition and funding of the Chelsea Barracks site.

The £959m deal – the highest-value UK land acquisition in history – was carried out by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment alongside the CPC, the Guernsey-based developers, in order to build a big upmarket residential complex. The deal showed that Islamic financing of real estate transactions can be made to work in a complicated tax environment such as the UK.

Neil Miller, global head of Islamic finance at KPMG, believes the UK is some way ahead of other European countries in attracting money from buyers wishing to work within a sharia-compliant framework. “There have been high-street banks offering sharia-compliant products to retail buyers in the UK since about 2003, so the foundations were there. The legal and tax frameworks are also much more friendly to foreign investors in residential and commercial property,” says Mr Miller.

However, Mr Miller says that France and Germany are looking closely at how they can adjust their tax regimes to appeal better to Islamic investment.

It is not just funding the latest rash of skyscrapers that appeals to Islamic investors. At a time when house sales in the UK are running at historically low levels, buyers from across the Arab world are propping up demand in London and the south-east. The demand is expected to facilitate the construction of 10,000 homes in the capital and the expected £5bn of investment from overseas buyers – which is likely to target high-end residential developments – has pumped up competition for land to levels last experienced before the recession.

Indeed, as the political upheaval in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya spreads to other parts of the region, housebuilders and property agents in the UK capital are expecting another round of buying from cash-rich investors seeking a safe place to lock up their wealth.

Simon Brown, a housebuilding analyst at Northland Capital, comments: “What we are seeing at the moment is a flight to security, as many investors are looking at London as the best place to put their money. “Spending by buyers from the Middle East is one of the main factors which has protected sales of new-build housing in London compared to other parts of the country,” he explains.
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A little follow-up on my earlier post... also taken at lunch time today, with a Panasonic G2 and a thirty year old manual focus Canon lens.

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Thanks Cybertect

But, those residential buildings on the right corner of the picture look just hideous.
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