The Shard

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The Shard


The Shard was designed in 2000 by Renzo Piano. Five cranes were used to build this immensely tall building, with four of them ‘jumping’ with the tower as it was constructed. Crane 1 was erected on 20 September 2009 and Crane 2 at the beginning of October. By 20 October 2009, steel beams began appearing on site, while concrete was being poured at the northern part of the site, ready for Crane 3. The only one Crane remaining in 2012 was the largest of its type in Europe.