The Shard: fascinating facts

14 January 2013

Towering ambitions to visit the top of The Shard can be fulfilled now that it is open. We rise to the occasion with a lowdown on London’s tallest building.

How high is The Shard?

The Shard is 309.4m (1,016ft) high, making it the tallest completed building in the EU and the 59th tallest building in the world.

How many floors are in The Shard?

There are 87 levels in The Shard, 72 of which are habitable. The 'spire' is made up of 23 levels, with 17 open to the elements.

What is in The Shard?

The Shard contains 10 apartments, 27 floors of offices, three levels of restaurants and 19 floors of hotel accomodation. The top of The Shard hosts public viewing galleries, with The View from The Shard on the highest habitable levels.

How much does an apartment in The Shard cost?

The approximate price of each of the ten apartments between the 53rd and 65th floors is £50m. The Shard contains the highest residences in Europe, with the penthouse a whopping 735ft high, and on a clear day it even has sea views.

How far away can you see The Shard from?

You can see The Shard from 40 miles away, from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary.

Building The Shard

Award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano designed The Shard to be a ‘vertical city’ and building it used: 

  • 11,000 glass panels on the outside, which is equal to eight football pitches.
  • 54,000 m3 of concrete, which is equivalent to 22 Olympic swimming pools
  • The total piles supporting the building would measure 13.7km if laid end to end.
  • Inside The Shard there are 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs.
  • 95% of the contruction materials are recycled.

The View from The Shard opens from February 1, 9am-10pm daily. Advance booking is advisable, click here to buy tickets to The View from The Shard.

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