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The London skyline, with the Shard of Glass and Tower Bridge.

 

Taken in Rotherhithe, looking upriver into London.

 

The Shard of Glass, or Shard London Bridge.

Architect: Renzo Piano

Developer: Sellar Property Group

Construction began 2009, estimated to be complete July 2012.

 

Tower Bridge

Designed by Sir Horace Jones (1819-1887) and his engineer, Sir John Wolfe Barry (1836-1918) - with the cladding designed by George D. Stevenson after Jones's death.

Construction was by Sir John Jackson (foundations), Baron Armstrong (hydraulics), William Webster, Sir H.H. Bartlett, and Sir William Arrol & Co, with the workers supervised by resident engineer E W Crutwell.

Construction occurred between 1886 and 1894, and the bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales.

 

20 Fenchurch Street, currently in construction and already with promises of nicknames - 'The Walkie Talkie' and 'The Pint' - courtesy of the bulbous top in the design.

Architect: Rafael Viñoly

Developer: Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group

Structural engineer: Halcrow Yolles

Main contractor: Canary Wharf Contractors

Construction began 2009, and is planned to be complete 2014.

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Taken on May 25, 2012