TQ3280 : The Shard, shrouded by fog on New Years Day 2021

taken 7 months ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

The Shard, shrouded by fog on New Years Day 2021
The Shard, shrouded by fog on New Years Day 2021
Taken from Aldgate, the top of the Shard ( LinkExternal link ) is obscured by fog.
New Year's Day 2021

A collection of photographs taken on New Year's Day 2021 by Geographers from all over Great Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
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The Shard

At 1016' (309.6m) The Shard is the tallest habitable building in Western Europe. The building has a total of 95 storeys, but the top 23 are considered to be its spire. There are public viewing galleries on two of the floors, the 68th and 72nd, the latter being the highest "habitable" floor, at an altitude of 800' (244m), giving views - on the clearest days - as far as 35 miles (55km) in every direction.
The Shard took three years to build, involving nearly 1500 construction workers during its peak construction phase.
It has a massive concrete central core, with almost as much concrete again in its foundations. Attached to this is a complex steel structure which is clad in triple-glazed glass panels. This exterior consists of 11,000 individual glazed panels with a total area of over 600,000ft (56,000m) - the equivalent of about eight football pitches.
The trip from the Ground floor to the viewing galleries is in two separate lifts, the first one from floors 0 to 33, the second from 33 to 67. They both travel at about 6m/s - or about a floor per second.
On a clear day the panorama from the viewing galleries is excellent as you are at the highest fixed point in the city; the buildings, trains and traffic looking almost like models from this vantage point.
The Shard is a multi-purpose building containing an hotel, restaurants, residential and office space - with a total floor area of 1.2 million ft (110,000 m).
The architect of this building is the Italian Renzo Piano who created the building for the developer Irvine Sellar.
Visiting the "View from the Shard" viewing galleries costs 25 for adults and 19 for children if booked in advance. (2013)

The Shard at London Bridge

A 72-storey office building and hotel, constructed from 2009-2012 as the centre of the London Bridge Quarter development on the South bank of the Thames. The skyscraper is, at 310m tall, for a while the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world. It is the second tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom after the 1,084 ft (330.4m) Emley Moor transmitting station.

The tower was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, and cost 450 million. The Government of Qatar financed the building and its Prime Minister declared it open on 5 July 2012. It opened to the public in February 2013.

For views of and from the Shard after opening, see LinkExternal link

The official website is LinkExternal link

See also the Wikipedia entry at LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Friday, 1 January, 2021   (more nearby)
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Friday, 1 January, 2021
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
London Borough (from Tags)
Southwark 
Primary Subject of Photo
Building 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 328 802 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.3083N 0:5.2776W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 33786 81054
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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