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Old July 21st, 2012, 04:07 AM   #12181
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How could the shard cost 3.9 billion dollars while dubai's tallest tower only cost 1.5 billion dollars. I'm a little lost.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 04:14 AM   #12182
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do you even read it properly? it is not the construction cost but the overall value which means including the value of land (perhaps london has the world's highest price in this aspect), the cost for it's backpack the place (then again land value), cost of the luxury apartments (cheapest price is start from £50 million) and many other things etc. there was another tall tower there before the shard was built, but it had to be demolished in order to build the shard and this is how the new buildings are built in london.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 04:19 AM   #12183
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Also, the costs include the redevelopment of London Bridge station and the surrounding area.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 04:23 AM   #12184
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exactly, i even thought the owner of the shard had to buy that demolished tower to build the shard at the same location. this project is not cheap at all.

the construction cost of the shard alone cost over GB £450m, the city of capitals ( 2 towers ) cost only US $450m. wow, a huge difference.

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Old July 21st, 2012, 04:33 AM   #12185
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Two buildings were demolished, if I'm not mistaken, as well as the construction of the Place.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 12:48 PM   #12186
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Various pics I took recently, includes a few of the Shard -

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1531770



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Old July 21st, 2012, 03:02 PM   #12187
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Whats that core? ^
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Old July 21st, 2012, 03:26 PM   #12188
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Old July 21st, 2012, 03:33 PM   #12189
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photography contest uh! never mind...

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Old July 21st, 2012, 07:14 PM   #12190
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 01:21 AM   #12191
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another fantastic modern building
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 02:00 AM   #12192
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are you serious? everything about it is god awful and its location next to the tower of London makes me cringe and fear for all future construction in London.
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 02:10 AM   #12193
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i just rechecked all the details of the building. well, i shouldn't have used the word "fantastic" but it's design is "not bad" at all. i am sure it will look nice when it's done. obviously, many modern buildings are growing along the river thames eg new $1 billion american embassy project, vauxhall cluster, st george wharf tower, many residential apartments near the canary wharf etc. i don't think this building is awful but i do prefer a better-designed building, more iconic one like the city hall or something like that.
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 02:23 AM   #12194
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Descending the Shard

The charity abseil is these days as common as the fun run when it comes to raising money for good causes. You get some sponsors, and then put on a hard hat and abseil down the side of a non-descript 15-storey office building in your city centre with the local news in attendance trying to fill up today's schedule.

With the Shard now externally completed, this concept is being moved to a whole new level, but one that is perhaps not unexpected for such a prestigious building.

The Descent of the Shard is marketed as an "exclusive event," and abseilers are renamed "descendants". The event involves what will likely be a small group of people who will get the chance to abseil from the very top of the Shard for charity - namely the Outward Bound Trust and Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Adding to the class of it is the Duke of York who will be taking part in his position as the Chairman of the Outward Bound Trust. The trust promise to train everyone involved with the help of the Royal Marines as if it is an adventure weekend, complete with some royalty thrown in on the side.

To do this the "descendants" must each make a minimum donation or sponsorship of £25,000. Tellingly, talk of £25,000 donations suggest that this may not be something for joe public who likes to raise money over a period of months by getting ten pound donations, but for those with a taste for extreme sports who can get their hands on it quickly. As such, five people have already managed to reserve places out of what is potentially as few as seven places which should be an easy way to raise at least £175,000 for charity.

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Old July 22nd, 2012, 11:48 AM   #12195
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When they abseil down the shard, could someone ask them to carry a sponge and a squeegee?

Those godawful unwashed windows a third of the way down are begging to be cleaned. Still can't understand why it hasn't been done.
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 12:40 PM   #12196
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 02:07 PM   #12197
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is someone really going to absail down this ?
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 12:55 AM   #12198
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Amazing tower.
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 02:32 PM   #12199
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 02:35 PM   #12200
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