Random thoughts from Pencefn

…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

The Shard @ London Bridge

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Back in early 2010 I noticed a tower block with a skip sticking out of a window around two thirds of the way up.

Prelude to Demolition

Prelude to Demolition
31 January 2010

At that time I was not aware of The Shard project. Five months later, demolition had progressed to the point where The Shard construction was visible from the south end of London Bridge.

Shard Construction

Shard Construction
27 June 2010

Over the following 32 months, I have taken a sequence of pictures every two weeks or so, mostly from the same position at the end of London Bridge. In May 2011, I happened to be on the right side of a plane coming into land at London City. At that point, the concrete core for the lift shafts was substantially complete.

The Shard from the air

The Shard from the air
6 May 2011

In July 2012, The Shard was formally opened, however there was much more building work going on, included a new office block in the forecourt of London Bridge station, in The Place.

I have taken a few pictures from other perspectives, one being from the churchyard of Southwark Cathedral.

The Shard at night

The Shard at night from the churchyard of Southwark Cathedral
2 December 2012

The View from The Shard open for visitors to see the views from near the top in February 2013. The day before I went up I took the last picture in the sequence from the end of London Bridge.

The Shard completed

The Shard completed
14 April 2013

The full sequence of pictures can be seen in my smugmug gallery.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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