The Shard

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The Brief

To administer Party Wall matters and undertake neighbourly schedules of condition.

To carry out post construction condition survey prior to transferring each floor to leaseholders

The Solution

The complexities of constructing the foundations required for what is the tallest building in Europe were significant and had a wide impact on the potential for movement to adjoining buildings, some of which are critical transport infrastructure and Guys Hospital tower.

This necessitated the approval of all substructure construction details and methods along with requirement to monitor each of the adjoining buildings including the London Underground tunnels and Network Rail running tracks for London Bridge station.

In addition to this, we also carried out a schedule of condition of all buildings surrounding the site on 4 sides including Guys Hospital Tower and Ancillary Buildings, Arches beneath London Bridge Station, London Dungeon, London Bridge Station and tracks, Jubilee Line platforms and running tunnel, London Bridge station roof and office buildings. In total, we inspected in excess of 150,000 square meters of space having been surveyed and detailed by GIA’s team of surveyors who took in excess of 28,000 photographs.

 In December 2011, we were again commissioned to work in this iconic building, this time to undertake an as built condition survey of each floor prior to hand over to the incoming tenant for fit out

Project Details


Shard of Glass, London


Party Wall


Sellar Property Group


Renzo Piano Building Workshop