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Technical Paper: Pile test at the Shard London Bridge

David Beadman, Byrne Looby Partners, Mark Pennington, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, Matthew Sharratt, WSP Group. This paper was first published in GE’s January 2012 issue.


The Shard London Bridge, designed by Renzo Piano and developed by Sellar, is adjacent to London Bridge railway station. The tower will become the tallest building in Western Europe standing at 310m and will include 60,000m2 of office, hotel and residential accommodation.

Sellar appointed WSP as the structural consultant for the project and MACE as principal contractor. Stent Foundations (now Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering) undertook the design-and-build contract for the foundation piles and the secant pile retaining wall, with Byrne Looby Partners undertaking the detailed design of the foundations and retaining wall for Stent Foundations.

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