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Viewing platform closed as protestors scale Renzo’s Shard

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A group of female protestors from environmental campaign group Greenpeace are scaling the Renzo Piano-designed Shard skyscraper in London in protest against the industrialisation of the Arctic

It is understood the tower’s viewing platform has now been closed. At 4pm the climbers had reached the 270m mark.

The Metropolitan Police said the campaigners accessed the building from the roof of London Bridge station at 4.30am this morning, reported sister title Construction News.

At 72 storeys, the Shard is the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe.

The 310 metre-tall tower was completed in 2012 under a £426 million contract with Mace as main contractor.

The campaigners say the climb is an attempt to ‘send a message’ to the headquarters of Shell, in protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic.

They targeted the Shard as it sits in the middle of Shell’s three London headquarters.

They hope to install a ‘giant’ art installation at the top of the building as part of the protest.

A live feed of the climb can be viewed here.

A spokesperson for the Shard said: ‘The Shard is being used by protestors in a campaign. Our primary focus is on the safety of the protestors, and of the workers and visitors to our building, which remains open today.’

‘We’re working with the relevant authorities to try to ensure the safety of all concerned.’

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