Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shard October update

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Perhaps the above encounter between a barge, a Port of London Authority launch, a Fire Rescue boat and a Police launch (departing background right) wasn't an incident as such, more a planned coming together of vessels. However, the flashing blue lights on the Police launch and the speed at which it arrived on the scene suggested otherwise and drew the attention of this passing photographer as he trudged towards the centre of London under a leaden sky hoping for a shot or two to present themselves.

My most recent photographs of the construction of the Shard were posted on 29th and 30th August. I post today's images as my latest update on the progress of this tall and very visible building. Flipping back and forth between the two river views I can see that the glass reaches somewhat higher than it did in August. The concrete core has now reached its final height. There has always been a crane at the tallest point during construction. However, the crane that is now at the top of the Shard, which was put up on September 24th, is the tallest ever erected in Britain. It will be used to complete the "spire" that forms the uppermost part of the building.

The projected completion date for the Shard is May 2012.

photograph and text (c) T. Boughen

Main Photo
Camera: Canon
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 95mm
F No: f7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/100
ISO: 100
Exposure Compensation:  0 EV
Image Stabilisation: On