Thursday 4 June 2009
Byrne Bros. has been appointed by MACE to carry out the concrete sub structure and superstructure works at The Shard, London Bridge, in a contract worth more than £50 million.
The substructure will adopt ?topdown? techniques and the main structural core will be slip formed in parallel; solutions which will deliver significant programme advantages.
The top thirty floors, culminating at a public viewing gallery between levels 69-72, will be constructed using a post tensioned slab construction.
Renzo Piano, the project's architect, considers the slender, spire-like tower a positive addition to the London skyline. The sophisticated use of glazing, with expressive facades of angled panes is intended to reflect light and the changing patterns of the sky, so that the form of the building will change according to the weather and seasons.
On completion the Shard will house offices for Transport for London, a hotel and high quality apartments, all with exclusive views over the capital.