The Shard stretches into London’s skyline from its position on the South Bank of the river. The Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper is currently the tallest building in Western Europe. The construction of the building began in March of 2009 and it was completed in Spring of 2012 – ready for London’s much anticipated summer of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the popular Olympic Games. It is 80% owned by the Qatari investment group and will be host to a large complex of office space, shopping units and luxury apartments.
The Shard marks a new era for the city – one in which London dependents on investment from overseas development in order to maintain its competitive edge. However, as of 2012 there are no confirmed occupants for the building.
This infographic provides a cost comparison for between the Shard and other major London landmarks which have defined the ambition of the city in times past.