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Old December 3rd, 2009, 01:17 AM   #1881
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The tallest skyscraper in Europe in 2010 will be Federation Tower :http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=320686
Your not Europe......in any way shape or form.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:48 AM   #1882
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Moscow is in Europe by just about any definition there is.

But i'd rather just say how i am happily strumming my air Qatar in hearing the good news the finances of this building are solid.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 06:15 AM   #1883
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London is gonna have an uglier mismatched skyline than dubai on sheikh zayed road (business bay is nice). The "shart".... is gonna be the biggest and grossest zit on londons ass cheek of a skyline.

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 06:39 AM   #1884
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I like different types of skylines. London's is both clustered and spread out, and has some interesting focal points since it's also somewhat linear (along the Thames). Many European cities will never look like American ones because there is too much heritage architecture that is preserved. Instead of massing they are going for the more iconical. I don't think London Bridge will stand out a sore as Taipei 101 still does. "The Shard" actually makes a great accent when superimposed on the skyline.

If there were only well proportioned dense CBDs, the world would be a boring place. Some of the best skylines in the world are irregular--New York's Downtown/Midtown--Hong Kong's cross harbor skylines.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 12:23 PM   #1885
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a quick render from the north - dropping in the shard on to a pic by Golddex on the UK forum

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 04:43 PM   #1886
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Vey nice render!

But its really dissapointing that the tower is scaled down from 360m to 310m.

360m was perfect!
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 04:51 PM   #1887
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Vey nice render!

But its really dissapointing that the tower is scaled down from 360m to 310m.

360m was perfect!
I think the 360m design was a different one though, this design is superior. The other one looked a lot like the Bishopsgate Tower.

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And that render is great Chest Very futuristic. Shows you don't need loads of towers to have a good skyline.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 04:59 PM   #1888
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I think the 360m design was a different one though, this design is superior. The other one looked a lot like the Bishopsgate Tower.

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And that render is great Chest Very futuristic. Shows you don't need loads of towers to have a good skyline.
its stunning!
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 05:01 PM   #1889
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I wish people weren't so lazy and added a completed Heron Tower to those renders.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:25 PM   #1890
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Your not Europe......in any way shape or form.
the amount of ignorance found on this board is firghtening.

luckily there are enough serious posters to make it worthwhile.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:32 PM   #1891
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Your not Europe......in any way shape or form.
Some people might suggest that the UK is not in Europe.

Other people suggest that we leave it.



[oh, the joy of nuances of language]

Anyhow, back to the serious posting, the site at lunch time today with a fair bit of new steel erected (notably a fifth white external column*) and some interesting activity involving plywood in the basement where the core will rise...



I have a few more that I'll post later when I get home.






* keep your eyes peeled for fifth-columnists
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:19 PM   #1892
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As promised, the rest of today's pics:

A little flavour of the local context for those that don't know the area - this is the Joiner Street exit from London Bridge Station. The site is on the left. The bridge to Guy's Hospital from which I take most of my photos runs over the top of it.





Wide view from the Guy's end of the bridge





The new bits of structure on the St Thomas Street side of the site








and on the station side





the lorry that ismail mentioned above





some excavation seems to be continuing at the Stainer Street end of the site





steel erectors at work on the St Thomas Street frame








A closer view of the interesting bits of plywood I mentioned. There's a forest of metal that has sprung up in the last few days.

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Old December 4th, 2009, 12:40 AM   #1893
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I absolutely love this tower. It's gorgeous.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #1894
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It's a shame about the envious trolls appearing on here, it really is pathetic. Surely just appreciate great things, no matter where they are? Chinese Translations and suchlike other cretins really should get a life and leave this thread alone.

Increadibly impressed with the progress on this, I haven't been to the site since around february so really can't wait to make a visit and see all this steel going up and basement construction going down.. exciting times for London, especially with Heron nearing topping out

Oh and great pics btw cybertect
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Old December 7th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #1895
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Editorial

London's Shard continues skyward

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...pload_id=12902

Despite the credit crunch, despite the collapse of half of the world’s financial system, despite the latest credit crisis in Dubai, the Shard, Europe’s tallest tower continues to rise out of the ground. That was the message from Sellar, the developer at their London press briefing this week.

The developers and their Qatari Royal family backers were so confident of progress that even now, some 18 months into the site phase, they reaffirmed the completion date as the 14th May, 2012. No slippage here, not a day. Caught up in the moment, one journalist asked if they had a time on the 14th. Outside, Mace the main contractors were lifting steels for the core and part of the exterior wall, focused on their target to deliver over 1.5 floors per week leading to a topping out planned for the end of 2010.

Joking aside, it is a monumental moment for London. The Shard, or the London Bridge Quarter as it has grown into, now encompassing the adjoining building, the new bus station, rail station platform and the Thameslink rail viaduct is the largest urban regeneration London has seen since the war. The complex will deliver one million square feet of floor space, 50% of it pre-let. The developer brushed aside onslaughts from Peter Bill of Estates Gazette questioning the value of the works and others fretting about the un-let space with an assurance that, thanks to the backing of the Qataris, “we are in no hurry to market the remaining space, in fact we are not actually offering the space at the moment.”

By this time next year, all being well, London will have the biggest Christmas tree in Europe.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 03:49 AM   #1896
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These people do understand Moscow in building a building right now that's taller then this one
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Old December 7th, 2009, 04:02 AM   #1897
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Yeah, but if we keep saying our one is the tallest, then everyone will believe it!
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #1898
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This is going to be massive.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 01:51 PM   #1899
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I have a problem, my better half has signed me up for a wedding in London on the day of England's World cup game with USA next year. I thought I would, as a consolation, go and have my first look at this marvellous beast of a building. Anyone want to hazard a guess where they will be in construction on the 12th of June 2010? I don't mean on that exact day but a ball park would be nice. Also do you think heron will be nearly finished?
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I have a problem, my better half has signed me up for a wedding in London on the day of England's World cup game with USA next year. I thought I would, as a consolation, go and have my first look at this marvellous beast of a building. Anyone want to hazard a guess where they will be in construction on the 12th of June 2010? I don't mean on that exact day but a ball park would be nice. Also do you think heron will be nearly finished?
Core starts rising in January, and it's due to be topped out by the end of 2010, so it'll be nearly halfway up in June... about 35-40 floors high, I'd imagine.

Heron will be topped out (including spire) and nearing external completion.
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