The London Shard is currently being built here in London. It will be the tallest structure in Western Europe.
Whilst I’m not against tall buildings, I’m not convinced that putting it in the London Bridge area was the best thing to do. Skyscrapers should be contained to Canary Wharf instead of encroaching on the City itself. I know we have the Gherkin and Tower 42, but they are a lot smaller than the Shard.
This is an ancient and incredibly historic city and this building is going to seriously affect the skyline – however pretty the artist impressions, below. Frankly I’m surprised it was granted permission.
Artist impressions © Sellar Property Group whose website is far too CPU and bandwidth intensive for my liking.
This is how the space will be used, as it’s a ‘mix use’ building (click for full-size):