The Shard London Bridge, which is currently under construction, will be located in Southwark central London. It is due to be finished some time in 2012. Upon completion the Shard will be the tallest skyscraper in the EU, and the 45th tallest in the world.
The Shard is replacing the 1970’s Southwark Tower. It is the creation of the Italian architect Renzo Piano, who worked in conjunction with the architectural firm Broadway Malyan when planning the project. Piano’s vision for the building was to create a vertical ‘City in the Sky’. The development will be a mix of office space, residential accommodation, a hotel, several restaurants and a viewing platform. The Hotel will be the first ever Shangri-La Hotel in the United Kingdom, and will be located between the 34 and 52 floors.