The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, was formally inaugurated in London on 5th July 2012 by His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and HRH the Duke of York KG.
The event marks the physical completion of the exterior of the building – which is fast becoming one of the most recognisable London skyline silhouettes.
The inauguration represents the culmination of a 12-year journey to build a significant new landmark on the London skyline.
Designed by renowned master architect Renzo Piano and developed by Sellar Property, The Shard stands at 310m (1,016 ft).
Irvine Sellar, Chairman of Sellar Property, commented:
“The Shard is an iconic addition to the capital’s skyline and will be one that all of London can enjoy. It will become as essential a part of a visit to London as going to the top of the Empire State building is for visitors on a trip to New York.”