Another thought occurs to Ben. “What did you mean before? When you said that Canary Wharf has the tallest buildings at the moment?”
“Ah-ha!” replies his dad. “Well work’s already begun in the City on a new skyscraper officially named the Pinnacle… But the biggest will be the Shard. It’s being built at the far end of London Bridge, directly across the river from here, and will be 66 storeys when complete. That’s a whopping 250 feet higher, give or take, than even One Canada Square.”
“Wow!” says Ben.
– Excerpt from Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London (written in 2008)
In fact, Ben’s dad got his facts a little confused in the excerpt above. The Shard comprises 65 inhabitable floors (72 if you include the View from the Shard observation area), but the tip of its spire actually topped out at the equivalent of 95 storeys above the ground.
At 1016 feet, as the quote above says, the Shard is 245 feet taller than One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London’s previous tallest building. This makes it the tallest building in Western Europe, and provides it with some of the best views in the World.
For more views from the top of the Shard, visit my post from last week… The Shard, London: Part 1 – The View
There’s certainly something magical about how this tower of windows dwarfs everything else on the current London skyline. From a distance, it really does look like a giant crystal shard rising from the heart of the city.
The first two Jaspa’s Journey adventures, The Great Migration and The Pride of London, are now available in both paperback and ebook formats! Click here for more information. The third instalment, Jaspa’s Waterloo, is scheduled to be released by Speaking Volumes early next year.
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