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Shard London bridge at night, Jan 2011

I’ve been fascinated by the sight of the Shard London Bridge slowly rising up, and have enjoyed documenting the various stages of its construction.

I walked past the tower last night, and grabbed a few more pics as I shimmied across London Bridge.

The Shard passed the 235 metres (771 ft) mark at the end of November, taking the title of Britain’s tallest building from One Canada Square (in Canary Wharf) – an honour it had held for 18 years.
The Shard’s concrete core has now topped out at level 72, standing at 245 metres (804 ft), although there is still a fair way to go, with the tower eventually reaching 1,017 ft (310 m) tall.

Looking south from London Bridge.

In a nice seasonal twist, the sides of the Shard were quite literally lit up like a Christmas tree!

View from the approach to London Bridge station.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes it was me interviewed on the BBC News in December about the Shard!

I’m still not entirely sure what I was doing there, but I was able to share my specialist architectural knowledge to inform readers that the tallest building in Europe will indeed “be a landmark.”