Shard points towards the future


The Shard

At 1020ft/310m and with 95-floors the London Bridge Tower has been described as a ‘vertical city’ and forms part of one of the UK’s most ambitious developments to date.

It was designed by the architect Renzo Piano who was also the first to compare his slender, spire-like design to “a shard of glass” a nickname that has now been officially adopted.

The building incorporates a wide range of restaurants, retail space and a spa; as well as a five star Shangri-La Hotel, all of which will be open to the public. Additionally the development provides luxury residential accommodation and a significant amount of office space. There is also a multi-storey viewing gallery that in its own right is expected to attract 2 million visitors each year.

A combination of Grundfos’ experience in supplying to other skyscrapers projects in London – in particular Canary Wharf - coupled with their track record in delivering a complete and complex pump solution were important factors in their success in winning this business. Other aspects that helped to secure this landmark project were Grundfos’ reputation, and the reliability and breadth of their product portfolio.

It is unlikely the skyline of London will see anything to rival the change created by the outline of The Shard due to the economic climate any time soon, but when the time does come, it will be a hard act to follow.