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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st April 1952 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
21st April 1945 Ivor Nivello's Perchance to Dream, premieres in London
21st April 1930 Born today: Margaret Rose, London England, Princess of York
21st April 1925 Noel Coward's Fallen Angels, premieres in London
21st April 1920 John Galsworthy's Skin Game, premieres in London
21st April 1894 George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man, premieres in London
Renzo Piano's glass masterpiece is set to light up Southwark
Location: 32 London Bridge
Description: 'Shard London Bridge', previously known as London Bridge Tower, and also known as the Shard of Glass,is a skyscraper under construction in Southwark, London.
When completed in 2012, it will be the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest building in the world.
It is the second tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom after the 1,084ft (330.4m) Emley Moor transmitting station.
The tower will stand 1,017 ft (310 m) tall and have 72 floors, plus 15 further radiator floors in the roof. The building has been designed with an irregular triangular shape from the base to the top. It will be clad entirely in glass. The viewing gallery and open-air observation deck will be on the top (72nd) floor.
The building replaces Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office building of 1976. Renzo Piano, the building's architect, worked together with architectural firm Broadway Malyan during the planning stage of the project.
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