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In Pictures: The Shard Rises...Damnably Fast

In Pictures: The Shard Rises...Damnably Fast
As seen from London Bridge station.
As seen from London Bridge station.
The south-east corner, as viewed from St Thomas Street. This is the best place to see the combination of concrete core and steel frame together.
The south-east corner, as viewed from St Thomas Street. This is the best place to see the combination of concrete core and steel frame together.
From St Thomas Street.
From St Thomas Street.
Looking down at the base of construction. Giant steel beams rise from the basement.
Looking down at the base of construction. Giant steel beams rise from the basement.
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Closeup of part of the steel frame.
Closeup of part of the steel frame.
View from Guy's Hospital, from the Shard webcam. Note the other tall building at the left. This will be demolished to make way for another new office complex.
View from Guy's Hospital, from the Shard webcam. Note the other tall building at the left. This will be demolished to make way for another new office complex.
As seen from London Bridge station.
As seen from London Bridge station.
The south-east corner, as viewed from St Thomas Street. This is the best place to see the combination of concrete core and steel frame together.
The south-east corner, as viewed from St Thomas Street. This is the best place to see the combination of concrete core and steel frame together.
From St Thomas Street.
From St Thomas Street.
Looking down at the base of construction. Giant steel beams rise from the basement.
Looking down at the base of construction. Giant steel beams rise from the basement.
16224_shardsouthernview.jpg
Closeup of part of the steel frame.
Closeup of part of the steel frame.
View from Guy's Hospital, from the Shard webcam. Note the other tall building at the left. This will be demolished to make way for another new office complex.
View from Guy's Hospital, from the Shard webcam. Note the other tall building at the left. This will be demolished to make way for another new office complex.

Building work on the EU's tallest tower, the Shard of Glass at London Bridge, is proceeding apace. Actually, it is proceeding at waaaay beyond the pace that many might have expected. Some reports suggest that an extra three metres are added every day as the concrete core is poured and steel frame elements are bolted on. Compare these pictures with our update six weeks ago, when the core was still a glint in the cement mixer's eye. We're now seven floors high and counting. Just sixty-five more to go.

Last Updated 01 June 2016