Monday 5 April 2010
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has recognised Byrne Brothers innovative construction methodology at The Shard in London with The Building Award at The London Civil Engineering Awards 2010.
The Shard is part of the £2 billion mixed use London Bridge Quarter redevelopment around to London Bridge station. Byrne Brothers' innovative construction methodology aims to reduce cost, enhance the construction programme and reduce programme risk. The principal concept was to "jump-start" the concrete core and steel structure to allow construction above and below ground to start simultaneously. When complete The Shard will be Europe's tallest building and the iconic Renzo Piano design will redefine London's skyline.
Mark Whitby, chair of the judging panel, said: "At 87 stories and 310m in height the Shard was never going to be an easy building to construct. But set adjacent to London Bridge station and amidst the foundations of a 20 storey tower the challenge becomes formidable. In such circumstances engineering comes into its own and celebrating these works at a time before they are overshadowed by the building itself is more than justified ? a "work in progress" to be commended."