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See the Shard in lights

It was proud moment for our structural engineers who have been involved in the design and construction of The Shard since the early stages. Last night they saw their project at the centre of a spectacular lightshow to celebrate the building’s external completion.

 

The night sky was lit up with a display of lasers and searchlights, accompanied by music performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the climax of the show, the Shard itself was illuminated, lit from all sides by powerful searchlights rising high into the evening sky. You can watch the show on the Shard’s website http://www.the-shard.com/.

Designing a structure of this scale, on a constricted site, to be resilient to high winds or terrorist attack meant our engineers had to overcome some significant challenges, as Kamran Moazami, Head of Building Structures at WSP, explained:

“The Shard presented a number of unique engineering challenges, the solutions to which have set precedents that will influence engineering for generations. From controlling the sway of the tower in the wind for the comfort of its occupants, to minimising the weight of the materials used to cut costs and carbon, it has been one of the most extraordinary journeys in structural design this century. This building is a 21st century icon for cutting-edge engineering, and will be a legacy for centuries to come.”

The show marked the end of the formal inauguration of the Shard yesterday in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and HRH Prince Andrew Albert Edward, the Duke of York.

WSP in Shard documentary

As lead structural engineer, we have been involved in the project from the very early stages, overcoming a number of unique engineering challenges. ‘The Tallest Tower' provides features WSP's Roma Agrawal.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-tallest-tower-building-the-shard/4od

 

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