Eastwood and Partners carried out the structural checking on the ‘Shard of Glass’, which is one of the UK’s tallest building. The completed structure is 302 m high, including a hotel, office space and residential lettings on a total of 74 floors.
The structure has a 13.5 m deep basement and is supported on piles of the order of 50 m deep. A mix of composite steel and post tensioned concrete frames was used to maximise the number of floors possible in the available height. The slip-form concrete core has been tied to the perimeter columns by a 'top hat' truss, which provides the additional stiffness to the structure.
Structural Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk