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Old September 17th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #1581
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Big news from the UK forum...

The first above ground column is in place.


This is the moment we've all been waiting for!

Pics and videos to follow tomorrow!

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Old September 18th, 2009, 11:44 AM   #1582
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Old September 18th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #1583
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yay---it's taken 80 pages of drivel to see the first column.After this building I'm ready to die-
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Old September 18th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #1584
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Great news!! Wonderful!
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Old September 18th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #1585
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Good news, looking forward to this building.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 09:25 PM   #1586
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its great to see steel going up ,hope this one starts to rise at a fair pace .
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Old September 19th, 2009, 07:35 PM   #1587
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Behold - a tower crane.





Plus a queue of crane sections ready to go...



From Nihil Dicit in the London Sub Forum
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Old September 19th, 2009, 07:49 PM   #1588
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that construction site must be a logistical nightmare
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Old September 19th, 2009, 07:54 PM   #1589
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that construction site must be a logistical nightmare
Compared to the near nightmare 10yr journey its taken to get to this point, the site restrictions are an easy peasy piece of piss.....
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Old September 20th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #1590
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^ Same with the Heron Tower. It's in the middle of the city ( Old London ) and there is so much traffic.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 02:05 AM   #1591
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Amazing, I can't believe that a building of this vertiginous height is to be constructed in London. I just returned from a trip from California and had a good gander at the wonderful and iconic Library Tower which is a shade over 1000 ft tall.

It looked enormous and this was within a high-rise CBD so one can only think of how the Shard will pierce the Southwark skyline. Rather like the TransAmerica Pyramid, I think the Shard will be graceful and also will define modern London, much like the Eye, the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern currently do.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 11:36 PM   #1592
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Shard Tower Crane Rises

One of the first truly visible signs of construction at the Shard in Southwark, London, is about to go up finally marking out the project on the skyline following the intensive groundwork on the site.

This will be coming in the form of the first tower crane which is scheduled to be erected up to the height of sixty metres.

To allow the crane to be constructed, the contractors on site have had to build a solid concrete base, not only for the TC2 to stand on, but also to support the mobile crane that has driven in to erect the larger crane.

Originally the contractors were going to use cranes supplied by Wolffs but they have reportedly switched to Terex Comedils, the same supplier whose cranes are being used to construct the Heron Tower.

Work meanwhile is progressing on the piling with some areas of the piling approaching completion meaning that the next step of construction is about to begin that includes the first parts of steelwork of the main building that will be erected by Severfield-Rowen. Severfield-Rowen not only have the contract to install the main steel frame of the building but also some services including parts of the plumbing.

The steel frame should be rapidly rising by the end of the year, almost a decade after the project was first mooted to an incredulous British public. What's more incredible is like the Empire State Building it's going ahead at all whilst the majority of supertall projects around the world have bitten the dust thanks to the global financial crisis.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 02:25 PM   #1593
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First tower crane is now fully up.


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Old September 23rd, 2009, 11:27 PM   #1594
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The thought of a Renzo Piano skyscraper in London, after the clunky and messy New York Times Tower and the dismally ill-proportioned exterior of the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing, is a little frightening. But the rendering is fantastic. Normally, you have to look past the overall ugliness of a Renzo Piano exterior to appreciate the attention to fine details. But this building should be an absolute beauty in its own right and in context as well. Too bad for us in the U.S. that he had to "practice" in New York and Chicago before getting it right in London.

Will it be finished in time for the 2012 Olympics?
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 11:31 PM   #1595
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I'm getting excited about this .
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Will it be finished in time for the 2012 Olympics?
Yes....detailed construction schedule......



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Old September 24th, 2009, 01:01 AM   #1597
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2012 will be a bustling year for London. Well, the great sporting period will start in 2011 with the final match of Champions League in Wembley.
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Awesome video!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old September 25th, 2009, 10:53 PM   #1599
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2012 will be a bustling year for London. Well, the great sporting period will start in 2011 with the final match of Champions League in Wembley.
Even the mayoral elections take place in 2012.

The Shard will leave Londoners who don't know about this project in awe, once complete.

The Strata building a few kilometres south is doing just that, and although good, its not in the same league. I can't wait to see the reception that the average Londoner gives this tower.
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The thought of a Renzo Piano skyscraper in London, after the clunky and messy New York Times Tower and the dismally ill-proportioned exterior of the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing, is a little frightening. But the rendering is fantastic. Normally, you have to look past the overall ugliness of a Renzo Piano exterior to appreciate the attention to fine details. But this building should be an absolute beauty in its own right and in context as well. Too bad for us in the U.S. that he had to "practice" in New York and Chicago before getting it right in London.

Will it be finished in time for the 2012 Olympics?
The Shard may well be considered his Magnum Opus.
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