The Shard

The Shard’s visually stunning exterior has transformed the cityscape of London.

Year 2012
Location London, UK
Solutions 15 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators, 2 KONE MonoSpace® elevators, 13 KONE DoubleDeck elevators, 3 KONE hydraulic elevators, 3 KONE TransitMaster™ 150 escalators, 2 KONE EcoMaster™ 130 Escalators, 5 KONE JumpLift construction time elevators

A skyline redefined

The Shard is putting new punctuation to an already famous cityscape. Standing at 310 meters, this landmark mixed-use building is the tallest in Western Europe and rises to twice the height of the London Eye observation wheel. 

The size and design of the building combined with a small footprint in an already congested area of central London equaled a challenging construction schedule from the very beginning.

Installation innovation

We truly delivered with our innovative KONE JumpLift solution; the first time the technology was used in Great Britain. The KONE JumpLift is a self-climbing elevator that can be used as an alternative to traditional exterior hoists during the construction phase. 

Workers spent less time waiting for exterior hoists and more time working. There is minimal disruption, a safer working environment and the ability to work in all weather conditions. The result is a faster enclosing and completed building, which enable a quicker handover to the customer. 

We also contributed to the efficient flow of people within this vertical town with our innovative DoubleDeck elevators powered by energy-efficient KONE EcoDisc® hoisting motors. With two elevator cars in the same shaft, one atop the other, the technology creates significant space savings and increases traffic handling capacity in this high-rise building. 

The double-deck elevators, and our other elevators and escalators in the building, ensure smooth people flow in this London landmark - further strengthening us as a leader in the European high-rise elevator market.

"KONE’s JumpLift technology is fundamental to our strategy of transporting people and materials quickly and efficiently in the safest possible way. It represented an ongoing commitment to finding better ways to deliver this landmark project," says Tony Palgrave, Construction Director for Mace.