Southwark Towers (now demolished) View of The Shard from St Thomas Street
An icon for the London Bridge business district
On the south west edge of the London Bridge business district, the development most likely to put London Bridge on the world map is the cutting-edge Shard London Bridge.
Including retail, the plush Shangri-La Hotel, offices and private apartments, the Shard will also generate improvements for the public realm, including a much-needed revamped bus station. Over twice the height of the London Eye and designed by the acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, the Shard will be the tallest building in Europe reaching 72 storeys and will include a spectacular viewing gallery at 800ft.
Demolition on Southwark Towers (previously the London headquarters of PwC) was completed in December 2008 with the actual construction of the Shard started March 2009.
The foundations are due to be sunk three storeys below ground around the original pillings for Southwark Towers. At the peak of construction there will be 60 wagons per day entering the site following a coordinated schedule planned out using a replica site on a disussed airfield. It is this scale of precision planning that the MACE construction group will be employing through the building's construction.
Work on-site during weekdays is 8am-6pm (clear up 6pm-8pm), and Saturdays until 12pm.
During the 4 year construction process St. Thomas Street will be reduced to one lane between the juctions of Joiner Street to Stainer Street. Additional work to replace the Victorian watermains by Thames Water will also cause disruption during this period.
Estimated Construction Timetable
Site possession: Late 2007/early 2008
Enabling works: 2007-mid 2008
Demolition of Southwark Towers: 2007-8
For more information on the Shard at London Bridge, please go to www.shardlondonbridge.com
For Shard commercial letting enquiries contact:
Jones Lang LaSalle: 020 7399 5190
Knight Frank: 020 7606 0606
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