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The Shard , [a] referred to as the Shard of Glass ,   Shard London Bridge  and formerly London Bridge Tower ,    is a storey supertall skyscraper , designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano , in Southwark , London , that forms part of the Shard Quarter development. Standing The Shard's construction began in March ; it was topped out on 30 March  and inaugurated on 5 July The tower's privately operated observation deck, The View from The Shard , was opened to the public on 1 February In , London-based entrepreneur Irvine Sellar and his then-partners decided to redevelop the s-era Southwark Towers following a UK government white paper encouraging the development of tall buildings at major transport hubs. Sellar flew to Berlin in the spring of to meet the Italian architect Renzo Piano for lunch. According to Sellar, Piano spoke of his contempt for conventional tall buildings during the meal, before flipping over the restaurant's menu and sketching a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames.
London is not characterised by any particular architectural style, having accumulated its buildings over a long period of time. The City itself contains a wide variety of styles, progressing through Wren's late 17th-century churches and the financial institutions of the 18th and 19th century such as the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England, to the early 20th century Old Bailey England and Wales' central criminal court and the s Barbican Estate. Notable recent buildings are the s skyscraper Tower 42, the Lloyd's building with services running along the outside of the structure, and the Swiss Re building, known as the "Gherkin". London's generally low-rise nature makes these skyscrapers and others such as One Canada Square and its neighbours at Canary Wharf and the BT Tower in Fitzrovia very noticeable from a distance. High-rise development is restricted at certain sites if it would obstruct protected views of St. Paul's Cathedral.
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It has been nicknamed 'The Walkie-Talkie ' because of its distinctive shape. The entrance floor and 34 floors of office space are topped by a large viewing deck. Bar and restaurants are included on the 35th, 36th and 37th floors; these are, with restrictions, open to the public. It was subsequently approved in with the revised height. Even after the height reduction there were continued concerns from heritage groups about its impact on the surrounding area. In Paul Finch of the Design Council CABE said he regretted supporting the project during the public inquiry, saying that the developers "made a mess of it" and were architects of their own misfortune.
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Its construction is part of a wider regeneration of the Nine Elms area of London. These plans included a tower of m ft using only glass cladding. In , Lambeth Borough Council granted planning permission for the new proposals  which consist of a 36 storey tower, residential apartments as well as 10, sq m of office space on the first seven floors of the tower. Furthermore, the building was not clad entirely from glass. In addition, retail space forms part of the scheme,  and a low rise element provides affordable housing. The name given to the development is taken from the 2, sq m gardens on its top floor.