The Shard: Facts and figures about London’s new tallest building

07:46 05 July 2012

An image of how the light and laser show will look during the inauguration of The Shard

An image of how the light and laser show will look during the inauguration of The Shard


With London’s – and Europe’s – new tallest building set to be officially unveiled tonight with a spectacular laser show visible across the capital, here are some facts and figures about The Shard.

- The Shard is 1,016ft (309.6m) high.

- The building reached its top height on June 19.

- It has 11,000 glass panels.

- The area of the glass facade is 602,779 ft squared (56,000m squared), which equals eight football pitches.

- There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts.

- There are 306 flights of stairs.

- The total floor space is 31.4 acres.

- 95 per cent of the construction materials are recycled.

- 20 per cent of all the steelwork is from recycled sources.

- The design was influenced by the irregular nature of the site.

- Each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top.

- The corners of the development are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to “breathe”.

- There are 72 occupiable floors.

- A further 15 levels will make up the “spire”. Six have the potential to be used, while another nine are exposed to the elements.

- The ground floor Shard Plaza will be a public area with seating and planting.

- The second floor will be a 5,000 sq ft retail space will a variety of retail units opening out onto the concourse of London Bridge Station.

- The fourth to 28th floors will have 595,000 sq ft of office and winter gardens.

- The 31st to 33rd floors will have 29,000 sq ft of international restaurants, centred around a triple height atrium.

- The 34th to 52nd floors will house the Shangri-La Hotel and Spa, with 200 luxuriously appointed rooms across have 192,000 sq ft.

- The 53rd to 65th floors will have 10 exclusive residences with 360 degree views across London over a total of 62,000 sq ft.

- The 68th to 72nd floors will be the public observation galleries. The 15,000 sq ft View from The Shard will open in February 2013.

- The Shard is the tallest building in Europe.

- It is the 59th tallest building in the world, around 2.7 times shorter than the tallest, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 2,717ft high.

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