At 310m the Shard will be the tallest building in the EU when it completes later this year.Source: Mace
Speaking at Ecobuild Make boss gives views on Renzo Piano’s tower
Ken Shuttleworth predicts the Shard will be torn down and replaced with an even taller tower within a few years. Renzo Piano’s 310m landmark, which is still being built, will quickly seem out of date, said the Make boss.
Each generation thinks it has designed the “ultimate building” only to see many of them bulldozed when technology moves on, he told a packed discussion on tall buildings at Ecobuild yesterday.
It takes so long to get skyscrapers approved that planning regs and environmental standards have changed by time they are completed, he said.
“I think we will demolish the Shard in a few years’ time and build it even taller,” he said, acknowledging that the demand for tall buildings would remain regardless of their green credentials.
“The Shard is fantastic but I don’t understand how it works environmentally with glass all the way round. Anything on the drawing board now needs to be anticipating future regulations.
“When the Shard was designed energy was cheap and sealed, air-conditioned buildings were acceptable. Now we know better.”
He said Make’s groundscraper at 5 Broadgate will be twice as energy efficient as the Shard, with just 35% of its facade glazed.
Structural engineer Jane Wernick, who argued that tall buildings were never green, said the idea the Shard could be replaced so soon was “absolutely shocking”.
She added: “We can’t afford to throw away all that embodied carbon. It’s gas guzzling… but now it’s been built we must do everything we can to keep it.”
Shard engineer Richard Mawer, from WSP, defended the £2 billion project, insisting: “I’m pretty sure the Shard won’t be torn down in 30 years. You could argue it will be London’s Empire State Building with people coming to see the building and the views.
“We came up with an incredibly energy efficient design that’s quite future proof.”
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