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Blessed with both supreme design and superb views, the Shard literally has surpassed its peers by becoming Europe’s tallest building at 1,016 feet and offering London’s highest viewing gallery offering 360° views.


A veritable vertical city, The Shard boasts a mix of high-quality offices, exclusive residential apartments, world renowned restaurants and the 5-star Shangri-La hotel. Such a prestigious building deserves only the highest standards of fit-outs and only superior solutions would suffice. Restricted access to The Shard site also added a layer of complexity for Saint-Gobain brands specifying solutions.


Several Saint-Gobain brands were used in the creation of this magnificent building. From the back-painted glass in the 78 modern and dramatic washrooms to the more than 9,000 metres of cast iron drainage systems specified by Saint-Gobain PAM.

Wet core drilling and Wall Saw diamond blades by Saint-Gobain Abrasives were used during the build and a variety of Gyproc products were used in creating the structure. These were supplied by British Gypsum and used a part of the fabric of the building to achieve superior acoustics and safe and reliable dry-lining performance.

British Gypsum also provided metal stud partition systems and fire protection boards which helped the base build to achieve EN Standard fire ratings – the first ever.

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Materials Used

Gypwall Quiet

Perfect for delivering a high level of acoustic performance GYPWALL QUIET from British Gypsum is lightweight, twin framed and non-loadbearing wall system that benefits from reduced sound transmission.


For a striking and yet practical solution for interiors Vitrio back-painted glass from Glasssolutions fits the bill with a stylish range of 46 colour options. Vitrio is hygenic and crafted for high humidity areas and near heat sources making it an elegant solution for washrooms, kitchens and more. Vitrio is a bespoke solution offering the ultimate design flexibility in terms of application, colour, design and shape.

Ensign Soil

ENSIGN SOIL from Saint-Gobain PAM UK is an above ground drainage system benefitting from the properties of cast iron including superior pressure capability.

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