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The Shard: Structural Engineering


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Hear a key member of the team responsible for the construction of the tallest building in Europe explain the structural detail of how the Shard in London was built.

Date and Time

22 May 2014 - 19:00-20:45


Fareham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Solent local network.

About this event

Set to be the tallest building in Western Europe at 306m tall, the Shard is designed by structural engineers WSP and architect Renzo Piano.  The mixed-use building – a “vertical city” – comprises 28 stories of offices, 12 floors of apartments, 6 levels of restaurants and an 18 storey hotel.  At the top is a 60m tall steel and glass spire, containing a public viewing gallery offering 360° views of London.  The Shard will be a sharp and light presence on the London skyline, welcoming more than 8000 workers, residents and hotel guests a day, and more than 2 million public visitors a year.


Richard Mawer BEng PhD

Richard is an Associate Director at WSP, joining them in 2005 after he completed a PhD in Structural Engineering at Southampton University.  He has been involved with a variety of tall buildings joining the Shard design team in 2006.  His main involvement in the project was the design of the core stability system of the Shard.


18.00 - Tea/Networking
18:30 - Annual Review
19.00 - Lecture starts
20:15 - Cash bar
20:45 - Annual Dinner

Additional information

The lecture will be preceded by the Annual Review of the Solent Network.

Following the lecture the Annual Dinner of the Solent Network will be held in the same venue.

Contact: Solent Main Network Events Committee Chairman

Download the poster for this event.


The lecture is free of charge.

A charge of £26.00 will be made for the Annual Dinner. Student Members may purchase dinner tickets at a special rate of two tickets for £26.00 (applies to pairs of tickets only for a student and personal guest).

Registration information

Registration is essential for this event.

The Annual Review and the lecture are open to all members and non-members who register in advance, at no charge.

Those wishing to attend the Annual Review and/or lecture should register here using the on-line booking system, regardless of whether they are also requesting a ticket for the dinner.

Members wishing to register for themselves and their guests for the dinner should download the application form and return the reply slip to arrive no later than 16:00 on Tuesday, 6th May 2014.


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