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Latest look at Renzo Piano's sky-high Shard

The developers behind the 310m-tall Shard near London Bridge have released new images of a proposed viewing platform 70-storeys above the ground

The Qatari-backed LBQ consortium says the three-storey glazed gallery, which includes an outdoor observation deck on the 72-floor of the Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper, will ‘offer a vantage point at almost twice the height of the London Eye’.

‘On a clear day’ visitors to the galleries - which are being billed as the highest publicly accessible observation point in the Capital - will be able to see the South Downs.

James Sellar, the chief executive of joint venture partners the Sellar Property Group, said: ‘The Shard is set to become one of the most significant additions to the London Skyline in decades. 

‘From the outset, it has always been my aim to ensure that this wonderful building is open to the public, so that they get to experience the wonder of the Shard at first hand.’

The mixed-use office, apartment and hotel tower will be the tallest building in Western Europe when it completes in 2012.


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