That's why, accompanied by some of our lovely clients, we packed away our air testing equipment and ventured up the Shard – the new, iconic, landmark that has just redefined London's skyline. The excitement preceding the latest BREEAM update doesn't come close to how the Shard's opening was awaited. No wonder we all looked forward to experiencing architect Renzo Piano's creativity for real. And checking out his latest masterpiece from the inside.
It's stunning! At 1,016ft (310m), the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and already recognisable throughout the world. Then there are its 11,000 glass panels, 44 lifts, 27 acres of floor space and the story of Romeo the 'mile high' fox who made headlines when he climbed to the 72nd floor for a two-week sojourn during the building's construction. But enough of statistics and Shard folklore. We went for the experience and great company overlooking the City. The View is the Shard's viewing platform up on floors 68, 69 and 72 (where we were). Forget your established ideas about building observation decks; at almost twice the height of anything remotely similar in London, this is more like being in an aircraft than on terra firma. Wow! Says it all.
So was it worth the trip?
Going up in the world with Energist was breathtaking – but our guests weren't lost for words about their evening out... 'It’s nice to see a company treat it’s client’s so well'. Nicole Gradison, Howard Fairbairn Architects 'A wonderful evening at the Shard and a superb experience’. Wayne Worsdale, Persimmon Homes 'It was a great experience and we both thoroughly enjoyed the company'. Rob Atkins, Bullock Construction 'A very big thank you for the truly memorable visit to the amazing Shard'. Geoffrey Bowman, Architect