Europe’s tallest building has been unveiled in London.
The super skyscraper called The Shard stands at 310 metres and has 87 floors.
Built in the London Bridge area and costing close to 1.9 billion euros for the development of the surrounding area, there are differing views on the imposing structure.
“It puts us on the map. I think every other capital city has got the super-scrapers and why not London,” said one fan.
However, another woman was unimpressed: “I really don’t like it at all actually. I think it’s a really ugly building and I don’t think we can really afford a building like it.”
“It’s going to bring a lot of business, a lot of tourism. It’s very impressive isn’t it? It really is impressive. It’s good for the skyline,” enthused another man.
Asked for his thoughts on the new building and what it would do for the capital, Mayor of London Boris Johnson exclaimed: “Stupendous! Stupendous! Amazing, I love it! Twelve thousand, five hundred jobs just to begin with.”
The Mayor was joined by Prince Andrew and the prime minister of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani for the inauguration of the building funded by Qatar’s royal family and designed by reknowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.