Global online retailer Matchesfashion.com has expanded its headquarter's presence in The Shard by fourty per cent.
Just six months after moving in, Matchesfashion.com now occupies a total of 48,036 sq ft in The Shard. The global luxury retailer has taken an additional 13,153 sq ft on a 10 year lease and will take occupation during Q1 2017.
Duff & Phelps and Foresight have similarly taken additional space in The Shard. The role the building has played in drawing new business targets and clients to the company’s office space led Foresight’s founder Bernard Fairman to coin the term “The Shard Effect”.
Almost all of The Shard’s 600,000 sq ft of office space has now been let.
The news follows last month’s announcement that The Kraft Heinz has taken 38,000 sq ft of space on Levels 20 and 21 on a 12-year lease to relocate its European and UK headquarters from Hayes, Middlesex, to The Shard in Q2 2017.
The Shard is home to 29 companies operating across a diverse range of business sectors including energy, retail, finance, technology, healthcare and professional services. London Bridge Quarter is now 97% let.
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer, co-owner and vice-chairman of REM, commented:
“Matchesfashion.com is a highly-respected and progressive fashion company that continues to enjoy significant business growth. The Shard is a pull factor for business visitors while transport connectivity and local amenities are high on the list of priorities to satisfy employees. This has had a positive impact on our occupiers, but is also indicative of the quality of the businesses from different industries that The Shard attracts. We have a responsibility to support our 29 diverse occupiers, so we are considering holding back some of the limited remaining space for existing businesses that are already committed to this rich and inspiring location.”
Tom Chapman, Co-Executive Chairman Matchesfashion.com, added:
“Since moving our Global HQ to The Shard in June 2016, we have seen continued growth acceleration of the business. As a result, we require additional space to support MATCHESFASHION.COM to offer an inspiring working environment to the many diverse and talented people that are driving the success of the business.”
14/01/2017 19:30 by Buildington
REM, on behalf of the owners of The Shard, has confirmed that a further 9,017 sq ft of office space has been let to Jellyfish, the digital marketing agency.
It is the second letting to be confirmed this year, following a successful 2015, which saw 12 new occupiers take space at one of London’s most iconic buildings.
Jellyfish will expand from its current base in Reigate, Surrey to The Shard at London Bridge after it signed a new 10-year lease for part of level 22, sharing the floor with Khazanah Europe Investments Ltd, which will move into The Shard later this year.
This takes the total number of office occupiers in the building to 27 across 15 business sectors.
Founded in 1999, Jellyfish is a digital marketing agency which brings together multiple channels and services. Soon to be based at The Shard it also has offices in the US, South Africa, and Japan with more than 300 employees globally.
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer, co-owner, and vice-chairman of REM and James Goldsmith, Leasing Director of REM, said: “We had a very successful year in 2015, which saw our vision for creating a vertical city really come to life. The latest signing of Jellyfish further demonstrates the building and wider area’s appeal to the media sector. With only 10% of the office space at London Bridge Quarter still remaining available, we will be working hard to attract further diversity in our occupier base over the coming few months.”
Rob Pierre, CEO of Jellyfish comments: “We’re excited to be moving into such an iconic building, amongst some of the most powerful media brands in the world. The business has seen significant global growth over the past three years and we’re confident that this move into The Shard will further galvanise growth and success for our business. The opportunity is huge, as we broaden our foothold in London and hope to attract more businesses to partner with us for their digital marketing solutions. The Shard will also be home to our training and consultancy offering which teaches brands from all over the world the key disciplines involved in a successful digital marketing strategy.”
The Shard’s office space is home to companies operating in media, finance, professional services, consulting, luxury brand, education, flexible offices, energy, technology, healthcare, recruitment and asset management. In excess of 9,500 people now work at London Bridge Quarter, the vibrant estate comprising The Shard and the adjacent News UK headquarters building.
JLL and Knight Frank are leasing agents on The Shard. Altus Maxwell Brown advised Jellyfish.
02/03/2016 15:43 by Buildington
MATCHESFASHION.COM will take over 35,000 sq ft for its London HQ.
REM, on behalf of the owners of The Shard, has confirmed the strong momentum of 2015, which saw 12 new occupiers join the vertical city, has continued into 2016. It has agreed a new lease with one of the world’s fastest growing luxury fashion retailers MATCHESFASHION.COM for 35,000 sq ft of office space over Levels 7 and 8, which are part occupied by Tiffany and law firm GTM. This takes the total office space let at London Bridge Quarter to over 1 million sq ft, being 85% of the Estate.
Founded in 1987, MATCHESFASHION.COM is the global luxury fashion destination for men and women. Operating online and via a network of stores, the company serves customers in 176 countries. The company offers an edit of more than 400 of the leading international and emerging designers such as Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Alexander McQueen. MATCHESFASHION.COM is moving its headquarters from South West London, in Q2 2016 as it looks to expand globally to capitalise on the expansive creative community and growing fashion quarter in London Bridge. London Bridge has a long-standing association with some of the UK’s most iconic brands and, as a hub of creativity and commerce, it attracts businesses looking for a wealth of social and cultural amenities to enable them to attract and retain the best talent in the market.
Nearby fashionable Bermondsey Street is home to the renowned London Fashion and Textiles Museum, which is a state-of-the-art centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. In 2011, White Cube Bermondsey also opened on Bermondsey Street as Europe's biggest commercial gallery, which added further kudos to the vibrant neighbourhood..
To add to the area’s fashion credentials, The Shard recently hosted The British Fashion Council and Vogue Designer Fashion Fund’s awards judging panel, which included Victoria Beckham, Samantha Cameron and British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman.
MATCHESFASHION.COM is The Shard’s first letting to be confirmed this year, following the twelve lettings in 2015, and its second major fashion brand. It joins the likes of Tiffany, Campari, The Office Group, Gallup, Sage and Warwick Business School taking the total number of office occupiers in The Shard to 26 across 15 business sectors with 50 per cent of the businesses drawn to the building from the West End. Only five full levels remain available in the 72-floor building, demonstrating the success of the vision to create Europe’s first truly mixed use vertical community at The Shard.
Tom Chapman, Co-Executive Chairman, MATCHESFASHION.COM, said: “As we enter 2016 there is great momentum around MATCHESFASHION.COM . In our 28 years in luxury Ruth and I have never felt more inspired about the opportunities ahead – marked by this move to The Shard, the peak of London’s iconic skyline. As we continue to expand globally we will have London as our backdrop in this emerging hub of e-commerce and technology. Our growth is the result of our incredible people. This move will see us connect over 300 of 500 employees over two floors and 35,000 sq. ft of light, dynamic space. We will see our five London offices come together and strengthen the inter-connectivity between departments, from buying to tech, ecommerce and content. This inspirational working environment will maximise our unique position as the only true modern luxury shopping destination and continue to attract the best talent.
“Our recurring experience is that the most progressive occupiers have made their employees a central part of the relocation decision, being critical to business evolution in a competitive global environment. The Shard’s offices provide an inspiring work environment that are also well-connected to a local community with a wealth of social amenities in the London Bridge area.”
The Shard’s office space is home to companies operating in fashion, media, finance, professional services, consulting, luxury brand, education, flexible offices, energy, technology, healthcare, recruitment and asset management. Around 8,500 people now work at London Bridge Quarter, the vibrant estate comprising The Shard and the adjacent News UK headquarters building, and this will rise to 12,500 in the coming months.
JLL and Knight Frank are leasing agents on The Shard; Making Moves acted for MATCHESFASHION.COM
19/01/2016 13:32 by Buildington
REM has let a further 15,700 sq ft of office space to fin-tech company Sapphire Systems. The global provider of financial and business software solutions will occupy the north side of level 9.
Established in 1993, Sapphire Systems is a leading global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial management solutions. I As a result of continued growth, Sapphire now employs 200 people across its global offices in the UK, USA, Australia and Asia, and offers round the clock support to its clients.
Sapphire Systems is The Shard’s eleventh letting to be confirmed this year, reinforcing the attraction of the London Bridge neighbourhood to progressive companies. The area has long-standing associations with creativity and commerce, and is also now London’s second largest fin tech hub. The rich culture and social amenities of the neighbourhood – from Bermondsey Street to the world famous Borough Market, are powerful in helping companies attract and retain the best talent in the market.
Sapphire Systems takes the total number of office occupiers in the building to 26 across 14 business sectors. Only four full levels remain available in the 72-floor building, demonstrating the success of the vision to create Europe’s first truly mixed vertical community.
Ian Caswell, CEO of Sapphire Systems commented: “We are delighted to be moving to The Shard. The excellent transport links and vibrant local neighbourhood will be of great benefit to our staff. This move reflects our intent to remain at the forefront of our industry, and with the building being home to many progressive companies, we look forward to becoming part of this unique community.”
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer, co-owner, and vice-chairman of REM and James Goldsmith, Leasing Director of REM, said: “Our vision for The Shard was always to create a vertical city that unites an array of progressive companies from different industry sectors, to create an energetic and sustainable business eco-system. Sapphire Systems accentuates this strategy and will join a host of industry leaders already occupying the building.
“Interest in the remaining space at The Shard continues to be strong. Potential occupiers - many looking to relocate from the West End, Midtown, and more recently the City - cite the transport infrastructure, light adaptable space and growing sense of local community and social environment as supporting their plans to evolve their businesses in a competitive global environment.”
The Shard’s office space is home to companies operating in media, finance, professional services, consulting, luxury brand, education, flexible offices, energy, technology, healthcare, recruitment and asset management. Around 8,500 people now work at London Bridge Quarter, the vibrant estate comprising The Shard and the adjacent News UK headquarters building, and this will rise to 12,500 in the coming few months.
JLL and Knight Frank are leasing agents on The Shard.
20/11/2015 09:05 by Buildington
REM has confirmed that a further 15,912 sq ft of office space at The Shard has been let to Leonteq Securities (Europe).
It is the 8th letting to be confirmed this year, which takes the total number of office occupiers in the building to 23 across 13 business sectors.
Only 5 full levels remain available in the 72-floor building, demonstrating the success of the vision to create Europe’s first truly mixed vertical community.
Leonteq Securities (Europe) will relocate from yheir current base at 100 Wigmore Street in the West End to The Shard at London Bridge after it signed a new 10-year lease for the entirety of Level 26. Founded in 2007, Leonteq Securities (“Leonteq”) is an independent technology and service provider for investment solutions headquartered in Zurich and has offices in Geneva, Monaco, Guernsey, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer, co-owner, and vice-chairman of REM and James Goldsmith, Leasing Director of REM, said: “We pioneered the concept of the vertical city at The Shard and it is a huge endorsement of our vision that it continues to attract European industry leaders like Leonteq. Interest in the remaining space continues to be strong with potential occupiers not only attracted to The Shard’s growing community, but London Bridge’s strong transport infrastructure and exceptional social amenities that will only continue to evolve as businesses and their employees continue to move into the area.”
The Shard’s office space is home to companies operating in media, finance, professional services, consulting, luxury brand, education, flexible offices, energy, technology, healthcare, recruitment and asset management. Around 9,500 people now work at London Bridge Quarter, the vibrant estate comprising The Shard and the adjacent News UK headquarters building.
JLL and Knight Frank are leasing agents on The Shard.
26/08/2015 15:56 by Buildington
On 3rd August The Office Group (TOG), the design-led flexible work-space provider is opening the doors to levels 24 and 25 of The Shard.
The 33,600 sq ft space will provide a mix of individual offices, as well as drop-in working areas, lounges and meeting/conference facilities, available to any businesses.
Charlie Green, Co-CEO of The Office Group said:
"This is an incredible building and an address that everyone knows. Whilst the views are going to be a huge attraction, we’ve worked really hard on the design to create a space that’s quite different to anything we’ve done before and a little bit unexpected."
30/07/2015 17:18 by Buildington
The GE and McDermott venture io oil & gas consulting will move in on level 9 of The Shard.
There are now 22 companies leasing office space in The Shard with Gallup, The Office Group, GTM, Sage Group and Robert Half all moving into the builing by the end fo the year.
Source: The Shard www.the-shard.com
30/07/2015 17:15 by Buildington
O'Sullivan's Hair And Nails has opened for business in The Shard Arcade.
With established salons around London, O'Sullivan's opened their new boutique hair and nail salon in The Shard Arcade on 16th July.
The O'Sullivan's brand is well-known for their high-end fashion hair and beauty salons in the Savoy hotel and just behind the Tate Modern at Bankside. They have been right at the heart of the London hairdressing scene for over three decades, always delivering their own brand of premium yet highly affordable style to clients including Jennifer Lopez and Amy Winehouse.
Source: The Shard http://www.the-shard.com/
30/07/2015 17:12 by Buildington
Employees of the companies at Shard will now be able to order lunch from LANG, the artisan deli and cake shop located on the ground floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.
Occupiers of The Shard can now enjoy a freshly prepared lunch as part of The Shangri-La At The Shard's new set menu, delivered right to their desks.
The mouth-watering menu includes a range of salads, sandwiches, grilled ciabattas, baguettes and warm paninis, as well a selection of sweet temptations from the dessert menu including macaroons, cheesecakes, tarts and chocolate mousse.
LÁNG is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea – with tailor-made picnic baskets, deluxe seasonal hampers and wines also available for purchase.
Orders can be placed through My Vertical City system and is only available to companies based at The Shard.
30/07/2015 17:07 by Buildington
A further 47,021 sq ft of office space in 3 new lettings at The Shard comprises the expansion of an existing tenancy and two new occupiers, as interest in the office space remains strong.
International law firm Greenberg Traurig, which operates in London as Greenberg Traurig Maher (“GTM”) will relocate its London office to Level 8 of The Shard taking 19,785 sq ft of space. The international, multi-practice law firm has approximately 1,800 attorneys serving clients from 37 offices worldwide.
An as yet un-named international software company is to let 9,574 sq ft of space, the fifth company operating within the technology and media sector to take space at The Shard.
The software company will move into part level 17. This space is currently occupied by Foresight Group, who in a separate transaction is relocating to level 23 and almost doubling its presence in the building, citing growth from what its Chairman calls ‘The Shard Effect’. The company moved into The Shard in May 2014, relocating from Sevenoaks, and in October will expand and relocate into 17,710 sq ft, taking the whole floor on level 23. Foresight Group is a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager. It has more than £1.5bn of assets under management spread across 20 funds and offices in San Francisco, Rome, Nottingham and Guernsey.
Bernard Fairman, Group Chairman, Foresight Group, said: “Our expansion, which will double our footprint in the building, is indicative of what we call ‘The Shard Effect’, a term we coined to explain the positive impact our new office has had on business growth. The Shard is known throughout the world, and by moving here we were making a pretty profound statement, that we think we’re the best at what we do, and we’re in the best building in Europe.”
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer, co-owner, and vice-chairman of REM and James Goldsmith, Leasing Director of REM, said: “We are delighted that GTM will be relocating its London operations to The Shard, and that one of the UK’s largest software companies has selected The Shard for its London base. It’s pleasing to see what a positive impact The Shard has had on our occupiers’ business performance and their ability to attract the best talent, and especially delighted we can accommodate Foresight’s growth within the building.”
The Shard’s office space is now home to 22 companies across 12 industry sectors, including media, finance, professional services, consulting, luxury brand, education, flexible offices, energy, technology, healthcare, recruitment and asset management. Around 9,500 people now work at London Bridge Quarter, the vibrant estate comprising The Shard and the adjacent News UK headquarters building.
Source: The Shard www.the-shard.com
06/07/2015 22:31 by Buildington
Robert Half, the worldwide leader in specialised recruitment and consulting services, is to take 20,200 square feet of office space on Level 10 of The Shard.
The move will allow Robert Half to centralise its London business under one roof, bringing three branch locations of the company’s recruitment operations and its consulting and internal audit subsidiary Protiviti, together for the first time. Robert Half will move into the building by October 2015.
Founded in 1948, the New York Stock Exchange-listed Robert Half pioneered specialised recruitment services and now has staffing operations in more than 330 locations worldwide. The company specialises in the placement of highly skilled temporary, permanent and senior-level interim professionals in the fields of accounting and finance; banking and capital markets; technology and administration. Its subsidiary, Protiviti, is a global business consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit through a network of more than 75 locations in 25 countries, bringing total Robert Half staffing and consulting locations to more than 400 offices worldwide.
With revenues of $4.7 billion in 2014, Robert Half is the first recruitment expert to base its operations at The Shard. The building is now home to 20 companies across 10 industry sectors, including media, finance, professional services, consulting, luxury brand, education, flexible offices, energy and recruitment. Around 8,000 people now work at London Bridge Quarter, the vibrant estate comprising The Shard and the adjacent News Building. Approximately three-quarters of the entire estate is now let.
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer and co-owner, and James Goldsmith, Leasing Director of REM, said: “Robert Half is a globally recognised company and The Shard’s first specialist in professional staffing and consulting services. Their business agenda is entirely consistent with our own philosophy of championing workspaces that attract and retain talent. It will further our vision of creating Europe’s first vertical city – a building with multiple uses and businesses where people can live, work and visit – which continues to come to life and bring added vibrancy to London Bridge Quarter."
Phil Sheridan, Managing Director, Robert Half, said: “We are delighted to call The Shard home this autumn. It means that our employee teams will now reside in a single London location, which will facilitate even greater collaboration.The Shard is centrally located and provides convenient access and an ideal meeting setting for our clients and job candidates as well.
Andrew Clinton, Protiviti executive vice president of international operations and head of the firm’s UK operation, said “We want to give our clients and employees an exceptional experience, and locating in The Shard will contribute towards that goal. We look forward to collaborating closely with our Robert Half colleagues as we create unique consulting and staffing solutions for our clients from this exciting new business environment.”
Robert Half will commence fitting out over the next few months and take occupation in the autumn.
Leasing enquiries JLL or Knight Frank.
Source: The Shard www.the-shard.com
18/05/2015 20:50 by Buildington
io oil & gas consulting is leasing 15,400 sq ft of offices on Level 9 in Shard.
Dan Jackson, CEO of io said, “The launch of io marks a significant milestone in the offshore oil and gas industry, and taking offices in this prestigious and iconic building is a sign of our commitment to recruit the best talent. We will build a distinctive environment, unlike any other consultancy in the market, which puts innovation and powerful thinking at its core.”
This new consultancy will be joining global analysts and business consultants Gallup which is to lease 12,200 sq ft on Level 18. Gallup works with leaders and organizations around the world to provide insight and advice on attitudinal and behavioural issues.
A further 33,600 sq ft has been taken by London’s most progressive design-led flexible office provider, The Office Group, which will occupy levels 24 and 25.
Founded 11 years ago The Office Group is recognised as one of the Capital’s leading providers of flexible office space aimed firmly at the emerging generation of innovators and entrepreneurs who expect their work places to reflect their lifestyles.
Joint CEO’s Charlie Green and Olly Olsen commented: “Our distinctively designed space will complement The Shard’s iconic status and world-class office space. Our product is for people whose lifestyle cannot comprise on work space and who place high value on a world class address and being part of an inspirational environment.”
It is anticipated that The Office Group’s latest centre at The Shard will be home to at least 30 small to medium sized companies on a permanent basis most of which will be from the creative, media and technology sectors, London’s fastest growing areas.
It is anticipated that these new tenants will commence fit-out programmes over the next few months and take occupation in the middle of the year. They will be joining a diverse range of international companies that have already made The Shard their UK headquarters.
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer and co-owner, and James Goldsmith, Leasing Director of REM (the building’s asset manager), said: “These latest lettings epitomise the spirit of The Shard by reinforcing our vision of creating a truly vertical city which enables entrepreneurial and international companies operating from this iconic building to make a positive business statement. These businesses will be a great addition to the London Bridge Quarter estate, and extends our community here to 29 tenants”.
Source: The Shard www.the-shard.com
27/01/2015 11:50 by Buildington
Tiffany & Co has signed a lease for 8,500 sq ft space in The Shard.
Four new occupiers have signed leases over the past three months, accounting for more than 35,000sq ft of office space and taking The Shard’s roster of tenants to 11.
James Goldsmith, the Leasing Director of Shard asset manager REM, said: "The Shard is located at the heart of one of the most exciting and fastest growing cultural and business districts in the capital. The London Bridge Quarter will accommodate more than 12,500 people in its 1.3m square foot of net space. In addition, around one million people a year are visiting The View from The Shard, and thousands more have already dined in the award-winning restaurants and stayed at the five-star hotel Shangri-La, At The Shard."
Irvine Sellar, The Shard’s developer and co-owner, added: “This latest letting confirms The Shard’s appeal to major global brands and we welcome Tiffany to Europe’s first Vertical City.”
Source: The Shard www.the-shard.com
29/10/2014 12:35 by Buildington
Warwick Business School will open a London campus at The Shard.
The Midlands-based school will have a campus on the 17th floor of the 87-storey Shard, which stands at 306 metres high and is at the heart of the London Bridge Quarter neighbourhood, one of London’s most vibrant districts.
Evening courses for MSc Finance and MSc Human Resource Management & Employment Relations will be taught at The Shard with plans to run the Warwick Executive MBA from there as well.
Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and opened in July 2012, The Shard is just minutes from the City, the financial capital of the world.
WBS Dean Mark Taylor said: “This is a very exciting development for the School and to take premises in one of London’s most iconic buildings is a tremendous moment for Warwick.
“London is one of the great capitals of the world and a global financial centre, so it seems only right that one of Europe’s top business schools should have a presence there. We will bring our academic excellence to London to help form the business leaders and the City’s professionals of the future.
“Our MSc Finance course is ranked number one in the UK and the Warwick Executive MBA is firmly in the world’s top 25.
“The University of Warwick has a great history of being entrepreneurial and a world innovator, and this move to The Shard continues that spirit of enterprise and ambition to do things differently.
“The Shard is a spectacular sight on the London skyline and is a fitting base for Warwick Business School, which has creativity at the heart of its business teachings.”
Founded in 1967 Warwick Business School currently attracts 6,500 students from 125 different countries and has recently begun work on a £30m state-of-the-art extension of its current facilities at the University of Warwick.
The Warwick MBA by distance learning was ranked second in the world by the Financial Times, who also rated the Warwick MBA by full-time study in the world’s top 25.
The campus at The Shard will house a 100-seat lecture theatre and a smaller one at 60 seats, plus eight seminar rooms and an IT lab, with courses due to start in January 2015.
“We want to become the leading university-based business school in Europe and a campus at The Shard will be another step towards that,” said Professor Taylor, who worked in the City as a managing director for BlackRock before taking over as Dean at WBS in 2010.
“We are already in Europe’s top bracket, but we want to keep pushing upwards and a presence in London will help us do that. Our mission is to produce and disseminate world-class research and world-class business leaders, plus provide a lifelong return on investment for our students and alumni.”
Source: Warwick Business School www.wbs.ac.uk 23. June 2014
24/06/2014 12:33 by Buildington
The Shard has won Major Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence National Awards 2013.
Mace's Chief Operating Officer Gareth Lewis, who recently won the gold award at the Construction Manager of the Year awards for his work on the project, commented: "this is another fantastic accolade that truly recognises what is an outstanding and iconic building, it will play a major part of the London skyline for many years to come. It is the collective effort of everyone involved that is being rewarded and it is magnificent that Construction Excellence, itself a driver of change, has acknowledged the project's contribution to the industry."
Source: Mace www.macegroup.com 15.11.2013
19/11/2013 16:24 by Buildington
The Shard has been awarded Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) at the British Construction Industry Awards (BCI) Awards 2013 www.bciawards.org.uk.
11/10/2013 16:11 by Buildington
Aqua Shard restaurant on the 31st floor is now open! More information at www.aquashard.co.uk.
01/07/2013 19:01 by Buildington
Financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps has signed a contract to lease ca 20,000 sq ft (1,860m2) of office space.
Source: London Loves Business www.londonlovesbusiness.com
02/05/2013 01:47 by Buildington
Sellar Property, on behalf of LBQ Ltd has announced that it has let the entire restaurant space in The Shard.
Located in The Shard's mid-levels (floors 31-33) the restaurant accommodation amounts to 30,000 sq ft and includes a triple height atrium giving spectacular views over the City and West End.
The space has been leased to two highly successful international operators who will provide a total of three different restaurant offerings complemented by at least two separate bar operations. This will create the concept of "all day dining" where restaurants will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and will be open late in a club-style atmosphere.
The two parties involved are Aqua Restaurant Group who will operate the 31st and 33rd floors whilst 32nd floor will be operated by business partners Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney. Both operators already run highly successful restaurant and bar businesses in the UK and internationally.
Rainer Becker is the co founder and creator of the award winning international Zuma and Roka restaurants, which includes the subterranean Shochu Lounge in London. His portfolio of restaurants with Arjun Waney can be found in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, Miami and Bangkok. Their exciting new dining destination on the 32nd floor of The Shard will feature two separate elements: the restaurant offering a contemporary rotisserie and grill menu and a vibrant bar with live music and a lighter menu.
Aqua Restaurant Group, founded by Londoner David Yeo and recently named Restaurateur of the Year for Asia, has grown to a formidable culinary empire of 23 groundbreaking outlets spanning London, Hong Kong and Beijing.
The Group's London venue on the top floor of 240 Regent Street, has two glamorous restaurants - Aqua Kyoto serving contemporary Japanese and Aqua Nueva offering Spanish cuisine - and Aqua Spirit's two outdoor terrace bars with stunning rooftop views over London, Aqua Spirit was voted Best Bar in the London Lifestyle Awards.
Aqua Restaurant Group will bring two new restaurant concepts to 31st and 33rd floors of The Shard, one of which will be a first in cuisine style for the London and European market. The 31st floor restaurant includes an atrium with three-storey high panoramic views of London and the river Thames.
Irvine Sellar, Chairman of Sellar Property, on behalf of developers of London Bridge Quarter, said: "We are delighted to have signed agreements with these two respected giants of the international restaurant scene. These top name operators will combine with the best views of London to create a superb and varied restaurant offering within The Shard that will complement the building's international landmark status and make it one of London's most exciting food and entertainment destinations."
Restaurant guests will be able to access The Shard restaurants through a dedicated entrance on St Thomas Street and two express lifts will whisk them directly to the restaurant atrium on level 32 from which they will access the dining experience of their choice on floors 31-33. Guests will be able to enjoy outstanding views of the capital both from the central triple height atrium bar as well as each individual restaurant setting, each with their own style and character.
Fitting out of the restaurants will commence imminently and it is anticipated they will open for business around March/April 2013.
Source: www.the-shard.com November 2012
29/11/2012 22:57 by Buildington
London’s newest and most eagerly awaited attraction opens to the public on 1st February 2013.
The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard redefines London’s skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world.
The View is situated at the top of The Shard, on floors 68, 69 and 72, and almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London. Prepare to embark on a multi-sensory journey to 244m (800ft) above of one of the greatest cities on earth. On arrival at Level 00, you will be drawn into the tapestry of London with glimpses of the city laid out before you. Travelling skyward in two high-speed ‘kaleidoscopic’ lifts, you’ll swiftly reach Level 68 - a cloudscape above the world.
Then journey to Level 69 where the view is revealed and London opens out before you. Here, in the sky above London, you’ll experience an astonishing 360 degree, 64km (40mile) view over the city and beyond where the past, present and future of London will be unfurled beneath you, brought to life in multimedia displays.
For the best view in town, ascend to Level 72, at 244m, the highest public level of The Shard. You’ll be exposed to the elements with sounds of the city around you. Looking up, you’ll see the shards of glass that form the top of this skyscraper as they disappear upwards into the sky.
The View will be open from 09.00 am to 22.00 pm daily to enable guests to experience the very different cityscapes of day and night. All tickets are dated and timed, so we advise pre-booking to ensure an unpressured, premium quality experience with no waiting and no queues.
The entire experience is enjoyed at your leisure, queue and crowd free with no time restriction on your stay.
Read more: www.theviewfromtheshard.com
The ticket for an adult costs £24.95.
10/11/2012 01:40 by Buildington
The inauguration of Shard Tower in London will start in less than an hour!
The five-minute laser display begins around 10.10pm. Some 12 lasers and 30 search lights will beam out from the Shard towards other established London landmarks, as a classical-music soundtrack booms out. It all ends with the illumination of the Shard itself, which will be lit from all sides by giant searchlights.
Via The Telegraph www.telegraph.co.uk
06/07/2012 00:32 by Buildington
"It is a very cleverly sited building," says architect Steve Johnson, who has designed skyscrapers in the US Midwest. "The people most affected by the shadow will be in offices in the City."
What’s it like to live near a skyscraper? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18438604
15/06/2012 18:51 by Buildington
Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is in advanced talks to move into London's Shard skyscraper, the tallest tower in western Europe, a source close to the deal told Reuters. Read more http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/30/us-aljazeera-shard-idUSBRE84T0D720120530
31/05/2012 00:29 by Buildington
The Shard's 575,000 square feet of office space is officially unlet, with 22,000 square feet rumoured to be close to signing.
What some might not know is that it did once have a pre-let. Back in 2006, Transport for London (TfL) signed up for 190,000 sq ft, agreeing to pay around £40 per square foot for the tower south of the river, at London Bridge station.
But by 2010, Mr Sellar and his team decided it could achieve a better rent and a better class of tenant and parted company with TfL.
If it can sign up tenants during the next year or so at around £55 or £60 per square foot it stands to be more than £3m better off than if it had stuck with TfL.
The Independent: Does anyone want to move into the Shard? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/does-anyone-want-to-move-into-the-shard-7799803.html
29/05/2012 16:26 by Buildington
DOHA, Qatar--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shard Funding Limited, announced that the inauguration of Shard Tower in London will be on July 5th 2012. The tower will be inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and Prince Andrew Albert Edward, the Duke of York.
The announcement of the inauguration of the tower came during a recent Qatari delegation visit to London, headed by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani to inspect the tower’s latest developments and completion details. The Shard, in which the State of Qatar is a majority investor (95%), is considered the centrepiece of London’s historic London Bridge Quarter.
The delegation also included Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, QNB Group Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of the Shard Funding Limited.
During the visit, His Excellency inspected the tower. He was also given a detailed brief on the last stages of the construction process, the security and safety measures, and the multi-use features of the tower, including prime residential apartments, high quality offices, signature restaurants and the 5-star Shangri-La hotel.
Towering over the South Bank of the Thames, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe at 310m (1,016 ft) and will consist of the capital's highest public viewing gallery offering 360° views of the City of London.
On this occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani stated that the inauguration date is quite significant as it coincides with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and is just a few weeks prior to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics that will be held in London during this summer.
He also added: "In addition to punctuating the skyline, The Shard, which appears over London Bridge Station, will be the highly visible face of London's newest commercial quarter for the millions of people who pass through the transport hub."
His Excellency said that The Shard is an enduring symbol of the close ties between Qatar and the United Kingdom and joins a broad investment portfolio that highlights the synergy between our countries, pointing out that the relatively fast completion of this project is a significant milestone.
He also stated that the external investments embody the Qatar 2030 vision; a roadmap to achieve a diversified income that is independent from oil and gas revenues. Therefore, from an investment perspective, this landmark is the path towards realizing our objective.
Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, QNB Group Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of the Shard Funding Limited, who was also part of the delegation, said: “This towering endeavor embodies our vision to create an alternative investment to oil. And today, I'm proud to say that we are at the final stages of inaugurating The Shard, London's newest iconic landmark."
He also said that it is important for the State of Qatar as it represents a major investment in an eclectic and vibrant city and region that presents excellent opportunities for people and businesses on the South Bank.
Irvine Sellar, Chairman, Sellar Property Group, the London Bridge Quarter developer commented, “I am delighted that the State of Qatar shared our vision, and with their backing this landmark project for London has now become a reality.”
01/05/2012 14:42 by Buildington
10 apartments over 13 floors in the 1,017 feet-tall/95-storey skyscraper will go on sale this Summer.
The flats are expected to get around £30-50 million each, putting them in the same price bracket as Hyde Park One, so far Europe's most expensive address.
Source: itv News www.itv.com/news
16/04/2012 01:44 by Buildington
More photos of climbing a shard of glass at Place Hacking www.placehacking.co.uk
10/04/2012 14:53 by Buildington
A group of “urban explorers” have trespassed into The Shard http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertynews/9193200/The-Shard-daredevils-climb-UKs-tallest-building-to-capture-amazing-London-skyline-images.html
10/04/2012 03:36 by Buildington
The last section of steel was lifted into place on Europe's tallest building yesterday, bringing it to its full height of 310 metres (1,017ft). Read more from The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-shard-draws-itself-up-to-its-full-height-7604142.html
31/03/2012 13:22 by Buildington
Workmen on top of the Shard in London today http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119490/No-thing-vertigo-workmen-perching-1-000ft-Londons-Shard-tower.html#ixzz1pz5QSWRF
24/03/2012 01:06 by Buildington
While some new developments in London let out their empty premises for film projects, Sellar Property Group has recenlty turned down makers of the new James Bond film “Skyfall,” which has been filming near the Tower of London, even though it has not yet signed an office tenant.
“It is disruptive. We do not need those kind of gimmicks,” a spokesman for developer Sellar Property Group said.
Source: Times Live http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/2012/02/29/james-bond-and-batman-help-rescue-london-developers
01/03/2012 11:54 by Buildington
James Harkin, a social forecaster and director of Flockwatching.com, has identified a new group in London: the Shard Spotters http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-24036649-shard-spotting.do
21/02/2012 11:03 by Buildington
London's Shard: a 'tower of power and riches' looking down on poverty by Robert Booth http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/dec/30/shard-of-glass-london?newsfeed=true
02/01/2012 12:57 by Buildington
Has Sisk won the fit-out job for Shard? Read more from Construction Enquirer http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2011/12/07/sisk-clinches-40m-shangri-la-hotel-fit-out-in-shard/
07/12/2011 16:22 by Buildington
The name "Shard" was reportedly coined by Piano after English Heritage critics said that his design resembled a "shard of glass."
- James Holloway, Ars Technica: The Shard's bleeding edge: anatomy of a 21st century skyscraper http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/12/the-shards-bleeding-edge-anatomy-of-a-21st-century-skyscraper.ars
05/12/2011 11:02 by Buildington
The Shard: its architect's view http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/architecture/8896810/The-Shard-its-architects-view.html
20/11/2011 01:22 by
Amazing night-time photos http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060534/Now-you-dont-Autumn-mists-shroud-The-Shard.html
14/11/2011 11:15 by Buildington
Britain's highest ever crane is to be put in place at the building site.
At present the building stands at 244 metres. The crane will be used to complete the top 23 floors from a total of 95.
When fully extended the crane will sit at 317 metres or 1,040 ft above ground level, making it seven metres taller than the building's eventual highest point (310 metres).
Source: Press Association
26/09/2011 11:05 by Buildington
The meaning of this new building's monstrous size is blatant. The Shard is self-evidently a monument to wealth and power run way out of control. It screams with dazzling arrogance that money rules this city and says money inhabits a realm way above our heads. It is a vision of the financial sector floating above the proletarian streets, living by different rules and shaping events below it with icy ease.
Read the full article by Jonathan Jones in The Guardian
22/08/2011 12:45 by Buildington
Andrew Marr has climbed one of the cranes building the Shard skyscraper in London to meet its operator, who said he "never tired of the view".
When finished the Shard will tower 1,016ft (309.67m) above London. As floors are constructed, the crane also has to keep growing taller than the building for work to continue.
Operator John Young said he often worked "blind", as he could not see the steel he was moving hundreds of feet below.
Watch the BBC video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13621008
02/06/2011 11:31 by Buildington
Just added a couple of new photos of the site.
24/05/2011 16:56 by Buildington
Renzo Piano, the 73-year-old Italian architect of the building, steps out of the lift to admire the view. He breathes in the dusty air and smiles contentedly at the heady scent of a construction site in full swing. 'I love all this,' he says, gesturing to the machine pumping concrete to the top of the building, its rhythmic beat sounding like a gigantic heart. 'Designing is OK, but what excites me is making.'
ES Magazine meets the architect of The Shard http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/article-23949681-shard-times---the-glittering-symbol-of-londons-future.do
16/05/2011 13:07 by Buildington
The Shard is a potent symbol of the growing significance of Islamic finance, which was partly behind the funding of the project - How the investors transform UK horizon in FT.com: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3dbd26fe-7aa1-11e0-8762-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz1MDzc3SVA
13/05/2011 10:48 by Buildington
The Shard, which at 310m (1,017ft) will be Europe's tallest building, has been the focus of agonised reflection as it takes shape, in advance of its completion next year. Is it too big? Is it too ugly? Does it interfere with protected views across London?
But critics' worries about how the skyscraper will affect the view of St Paul's Cathedral from their favourite bench on Primrose Hill don't mean much to the people of Bermondsey. The Shard is about to bring transformational change to the area, unimaginable a decade ago, and will decisively push the tide of gentrification southwards, away from the river towards the heart of Bermondsey.
Read the full article in Evening Standard http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23946846-the-shard-effect-on-london.do
06/05/2011 11:25 by Buildington
Evening Standard has taken a picture from Parliament Hill that shows how St Paul's Cathedral is already dwarfed by the futuristic design.
St Paul's in the shade of the Shard - which is still climbing http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23942303-st-pauls-in-the-shade-of-the-shard---which-is-still-climbing.do
20/04/2011 21:47 by Buildington