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Old February 23rd, 2009, 08:50 PM   #1161
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Lol...now its been moved into the UC section, i've just noticed how tiny it is compared to most of the others...
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 09:30 PM   #1162
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I see exactly what you mean!
Hopefully we'll start building higher.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 09:38 PM   #1163
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Wow, finally it's really happening.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 09:56 PM   #1164
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Wonderful looking tower. Very unique.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 11:46 PM   #1165
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I see exactly what you mean!
Hopefully we'll start building higher.
The Shard is the perfect height for London at this point in time, well for this site at least. So is the design.

Cities rarely get both right, and when they do it's something special.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 11:48 PM   #1166
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I found this rendering in flickr (sorry if that rendering posted before):
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That's an old rendering showing the previous design.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #1167
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Well now its official....

Mace to build Sellar’s Shard skyscraper
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09:18 | 24.02.09

By Deirdre Hipwell

Mace Group has secured the contract to build one of Europe’s tallest mixed-use developments, the Shard at London Bridge Quarter.

It agreed the contract with Irvine Sellar’s Sellar Property, which is development manager as well as 20% owner of the project. The contract only covers construction of the Shard and the terms and agreed costs have not been revealed.

The Shard forms the first phase of the £2bn Renzo Piano-designed London Bridge Quarter regeneration project, which also includes redevelopment of the London Bridge Station concourse and development of London Bridge Place, a 17- storey corporate headquarters.

The London Bridge Quarter comprises 2m sq ft of office, hotel, residential, retail and leisure accommodation. Site demolition has been completed and test piling is currently underway.

Sellar Property said today that the necessary due diligence had been concluded and works were proceeding with Mace on site. It is expected that building work will begin in early March and will be completed in spring 2012.

There will be a separate construction contract for the adjoining London Bridge Place, comprising approximately 610,000 sq ft of office space. Demolition of the site’s existing building, New London Bridge House is expected to get under way in March with construction beginning towards the end of 2009. Completion is expected during the third quarter of 2012.

Salah Mohamad Jaidah, chairman of the London Bridge Quarter (LBQ) consortium, said: ‘We are very pleased to have reached the stage where everybody has the confidence to move this project forward in such a strong manner. The investors in LBQ have great confidence that The Shard will be completed on schedule in what are very difficult economic conditions.

Most of the development finance is being provided by Qatari Diar Real Estate Company.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 02:24 PM   #1168
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thank you Sellars...
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Old February 24th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #1169
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Old February 24th, 2009, 02:44 PM   #1170
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shard in wjfox' photo looks enormous at the bottom. Its so wide and looks like a tsunami wave.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 05:16 PM   #1171
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Can't wait for this to be built it's a beauty and it should be finished in time for the 2012 Olympics.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 05:43 PM   #1172
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it sure is old.....none of the More London developement in it
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Old February 24th, 2009, 06:02 PM   #1173
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What a great surprise it was to finally see this thread in the "under construction" section.

London deserves this wonderfull supertall by all means.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #1174
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The Shard is the perfect height for London at this point in time, well for this site at least. So is the design.

Cities rarely get both right, and when they do it's something special.
I agree with that, they should start with small supertalls, at least for the time being, until London gets used to all these tall buildings.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #1175
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I agree with that, they should start with small supertalls, at least for the time being, until London gets used to all these tall buildings.
Well, as much as I like skyscrapers, I don't think London should have a uniform skyline like cities such as Chicago. The beauty of the city lies in its diversity. I'd be more in favour of having a few unique landmark towers here and there.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 10:54 PM   #1176
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Old February 24th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #1177
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Looking really sweet.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:16 AM   #1178
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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:11 AM   #1179
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Old February 25th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #1180
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when is the clearing away of the old site gonna end? looks like the cleared area size is still small.
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