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Europe’s tallest building nears summit

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The ShardThe final steel elements for the Shard, the European Union’s tallest building, will be erected this month. Topping out at a final height of 310m, London’s newest landmark is on course for its May completion date.

Structurally the building is a hybrid, with structural steelwork forming the initial 40 floors with a concrete frame then extending up to level 69. Above this it reverts back to steel with the top 23 floors, known as the Spire, now being erected.

In order to make the erection of the final steel element as efficient as possible, the entire Spire was previously trial erected (right) at steelwork contractor Severfield-Reeve’s Dalton facility in North Yorkshire.

All of the Spire’s steelwork is being delivered to site in pre-assembled modules which is reducing the amount of work at height.  The modules are all transportable sized pieces measuring up to 3m × 7m for horizontals and 3m × 7.8m for vertical sections.

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