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Structural Engineering of The Shard

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Structural Engineering of The Shard

A skyscraper under construction at London Bridge, when completed in 2012 The Shard will be the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th-tallest building in the world. Designed by structural engineers WSP and architect Renzo Piano for Sellar Properties, The Shard comprises 28 storeys of offices, 13 storeys of apartments, four storeys of restaurants and a 19-storey hotel. It is surmounted by a 60m tall spire containing a public viewing gallery, bringing the total height to 310m (1,017 ft). This talk will include the history and constraints of the site and focus on the tower’s structural aspects – its design, construction and unusual features. Roma Agrawal is a Senior Structural Engineer at WSP London, and has been part of The Shard’s team since the early stages of the design. Amongst her responsibilities was the design of the raft foundation, the office floors and the 60m tall spire.

This talk is part of the Stokes Society, Pembroke College series.

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