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Old March 22nd, 2012, 04:31 PM   #10601
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 05:41 PM   #10602
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Beautiful building! Londoners should be so proud! The Olympics is getting closer how exciting us Aussies and the rest of the world get to see London put on an awesome show!
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:01 PM   #10603
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:47 PM   #10604
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 07:19 PM   #10605
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Why the Shard is the real star of the new series of The Apprentice

Watching the new Apprentice last night, it was clear there was one character we were going to be seeing a lot more of: the Shard. Renzo Piano's thrusting new south-London skyscraper was pornographically gawked over throughout the episode. During one boardroom scene, the camera trained on it for so long, you could be forgiven for imagining that it was where Lord Sugar and co were.

In fact, as usual, much of the series was filmed at Sugar's Viglen headquarters, a giant tin shed on an industrial estate in St Albans (the "boardroom" is a TV set in west London). If the camera lingered too long on a nondescript suburban warehouse week after week, though, future candidates would defect to Britain's Got Talent and the audience would switch over to something less depressing, such as Crimewatch.

So instead, as we all know, The Apprentice tries to come across like a spy thriller: sweeping helicopter shots over London; portentous Prokofiev accompaniment; scrolling expanses of reflective glass; corporate skyscrapers – often at dawn or dusk, often juxtaposed with the fleshy crevasses of Lord Sugar's face, as he sternly surveys the skyline from a rooftop, no doubt wondering what time the next train to St Albans is.

The Apprentice has always sought to recruit architecture to its cause, though the entry requirements are less stringent than for its human candidates. Basically, if you're tall, new and not in St Albans, you're hired. Back in the mid-noughties, Canary Wharf and the Gherkin were the show's favoured camera-candy. Respectively symbols of Thatcherite Loadsamoney and New Labour cuddly capitalism, they summed up the macho, go-getting ethos of the show, but their symbolic stock declined with the FTSE 100.

Last season saw a new skyscraper on the block in the form of Strata, AKA the Razor, the black-and-white stripy tower with the wind turbines on top. Never mind that it was uglier than an Amstrad email phone, those turbines did their bit to signal a fresh, eco-minded, post-recession era. But now comes the Shard – taller, shinier, pointier, and above all, newer. It's up Apprentice street 110%, and the helicopter-cam practically steamed up with ardour last night. What does the Shard symbolise? Who cares? It looks great against a sunset.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 07:31 PM   #10606
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 07:41 PM   #10607
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 08:08 PM   #10608
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Even on a sunny day that scene looks bleak - imagine it on a typical wet ,windy London day - seems that these so called "planners" never learn, guess they are too arrogant for that!!
I work in one of the buildings in that picture and let me say that you're absolutely right.

On an even slightly overcast day, it is drab, grey and bleak. A depressing place to work. Your lunch options are limited to Pret, Eat, Itsu, M&S and Pod in More London. But forget that - on a rainy day, you don't even want to step outside, such how gloomy it is. I used to work in Chancery Lane and that was fantastic - one of the best places to work in London; relatively clean, interesting, non-corporate, with a huge number of diverse eateries and some soul.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 08:19 PM   #10609
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Take two minutes' walk over the other side of Tower Bridge to Shad Thames. There's a goodly number of decent eateries here.

I recommend Shades on Shad Thames or The Picnic Basket on Horselydown Lane for a nice, family run café/sandwich bar, but there's quite a few other options.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 08:32 PM   #10610
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 09:58 PM   #10611
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if the construction of the shard is finished first then it will become the tallest building in the entire europe (including russia) but the height does not really matter since the shard is more popular (more viewed, photographed), more beautiful and iconic as well

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Old March 22nd, 2012, 10:08 PM   #10612
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I went to London on Tuesday for the Ecobuild Exhibition (again), my lord the Shard is huge. Being a brummie, we are very much the forgotten city (but thank god HS2 came around-we've over 50 medium to large sized projects going on at the moment!)

I was driving back from the Excel to Bristol, then on to Bham again, and avoiding the Congestion Charge, I managed to get a good look at all the towers whilst stuck in traffic!

I never knew Canary Wharf was soo big! It's like Dubai almost (in the sense you are drive through the middle of massive buildings), a higher density of towers, in a smaller area, but I like it.

But the Shard, well that is something else. An absolute whopper, and beautifully designed. Very much like the sunset photo above!
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 10:41 PM   #10613
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The near completion of the spire has, for me, dramatically increased how tall The Shard looks. Previously it seemed as if it was asking for more height; now it positively soars.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 11:27 PM   #10615
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 12:01 AM   #10616
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Busy day at work, but I did manage to snaffle these pics on my walk to the office this morning


A couple of shots of The Shard and The Place together from London Bridge Walk on Duke Street Hill. I was just enjoying the light




Did someone mention 'soar'?




A little further along Tooley Street, the pedestrian bridge from the Cottons Building to the station provides a bit of foreground interest for this look straight up the north side




A Hays Galleria lamp serves a similar purpose




Morning light is moving northward as Spring rolls on, so we get some illumination on the new steel on the north side of the spire.




General view from More London Place




'Shardlet' on the north side




Plant levels (someone seems to have left some items of clothing tucked into a couple of the glazing panels - I wonder if they'll get them back?)




As Ed's photo posted this morning showed, the sunrays were out again. Certainly around 9:00 am, they were only visible east of City Hall as the sun's reflection hit the side of the Shard.





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the shard is emitting rays and power again, awesome
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