Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, The Shard stands at 1,017 feet high above London bridge station. As it is the tallest building in the whole of the UK, it facilitates the opportunity for people to have an eagle eyed view of the impressive infrastructure of London City. Students from the year 9 construction classes travelled from SPA to The Shard's location to avail of this opportunity and were not disappointed.
Mr Lavery, Mr McTiernan and Miss Thompson, along with 28 students took a high speed elevator to the 69th floor, an elevator that travels 7 meters per second. Once the group had reached this floor, it was immediately evident just how high up the students were. The students enjoyed this 360 degree view, availing of outlooks of impressive buildings, famous locations, construction sites and the meanders of the Thames river.
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The group were able to climb up a further three stories to the 72nd floor, where there was an open air level. The somewhat poor weather didn't hamper the moods of the students. Students were asked to locate some of the famous buildings/locations that could be seen. The walkie talkie building, the Gherkin, Canary Wharf, Westminster, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, St Pauls Cathedral (to name a few) were all identified and located by the students. Students enjoyed their lunch whilst relaxing and observing the hustle and bustle of London from 310 meters in the air. As always, our students were very well behaved. It was also a great opportunity for the students to witness the amount of construction work that is going on in the City, and perhaps will even inspire some to develop careers in this area.