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Old February 22nd, 2012, 09:31 PM   #10241
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Tower of Babel: Language no barrier for Shard workers

It will be finished in time for the Olympics by a "Team Shard" almost as diverse as competitors in the Games.

London's tallest skyscraper - all 1,017 feet of it when completed in June - is a testament to international cooperation with workers from Albania to Australia, Bulgaria to Brazil contributing to its construction. Between 1,300 and 1,600 employees have been involved in building the £400 million tower.

Two-thirds of the workers are British and a further 20 per cent from other European countries, including Lithuania and Romania as well as France and Holland. The remaining 15 per cent are from all over the world.

Bart Lemmens, 26, is a quality assurance engineer from the Netherlands who joined the Shard team in June 2010. "While working in the Middle-East on a very large construction project I saw a picture of the Shard and I knew I had to get involved as it is one of the most interesting construction projects at this time," he said.

Simona Visinskyte, 23, Ramita Balconyte, 24, and Virginija Daraciene, 37, are all from Lithuania. Simona is an administrator for a logistics company working on the building and has been working at the Shard since May 2010. The other two are catering assistants, as is Russian Irina Pantuykhova.

"I thought maybe I would study here," Ms Visinskyte said. "But I found myself working in construction, and it was interesting seeing how from nothing people build massive skyscrapers."

Australian Tony Veal, 33, is a project manager. "I enjoy looking into the vast changes in history and technological advances over the years that have sculpted this great city," he said.

A spokesman for developer Sellar Property Group said: "There are many languages spoken by people working to build the Shard but this has not presented any issues."

When completed, the Shard will be almost double the height of St Paul's. It will have 44 lifts, offices and a hotel and be topped by a four-floor public viewing gallery. A concourse and a piazza will be finished by next year and will link it to London Bridge station. It has been developed by Irvine Sellar, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and constructed by Mace.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:48 PM   #10242
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Almost double the height of St. Pauls? I think they meant to say triple.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:49 PM   #10243
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 11:55 PM   #10244
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 12:37 PM   #10245
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 07:55 PM   #10246
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" almost" ...
Sorry, of course I meant looks better than Toronto.

It's not all about height. Toronto is just a load of generic glass blocks with the CN tower in the middle, it's really pretty dull.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 09:57 PM   #10247
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Old February 24th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #10248
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Old February 24th, 2012, 04:24 AM   #10249
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Old February 24th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #10250
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nice pics i especially like the one by lumberjack!
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Old February 24th, 2012, 04:28 PM   #10251
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awesome pictures chest. i was wondering what kind of lense do you use and if you take your pics free handed or with a tripod. thanx
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Old February 24th, 2012, 06:22 PM   #10252
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awesome pictures chest. i was wondering what kind of lense do you use and if you take your pics free handed or with a tripod. thanx
I used the Canon 70-300L lens on those close ups and free handed in the day. I also use a wide angle canon 17-40L and the walk about canon 24-105L

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Old February 24th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #10253
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I use the Canon 70-300L lens and free handed in the day.
hello chest, do you think this camera would be much superior to my current nikon d3000? basically i am planning to come to london to take the pics of skylines from far away and in this case my current one can't do a good job.

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Old February 24th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #10254
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Old February 24th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #10255
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this is the second Eiffel Tower in Europe
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #10256
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Old February 25th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #10257
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #10258
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Are they really gonna have this finished before the Olympics? Seems like a ton of work left to do
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #10259
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They'll probably have it externally finished by then.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #10260
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This is going to rock when it will be opened. Hopefully when I visit London it will be fully completed.
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