A look back at the events of 2017, a year of new arrivals, innovation and remembrance.
The Shard welcomed employees from new occupiersand , as well as existing occupiers , and , who agreed to let additional space in The Shard offices.
“AS WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND, IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE MANAGEMENT TEAM AT FORESIGHT TO ENSURE ALL DEPARTMENTS REMAIN IN ONE LOCATION TO MAXIMISE THE BENEFIT OF ‘THE SHARD EFFECT’.”
The Shard restaurants welcomed Hutong’salong with new dishes using complex flavours and techniques of Sichuan province, which Oblix hosted a series of guest dinners and bar takeovers which saw visits from the prestigious and , winner of the World's Best Cocktail Menu 2017.
From business professionals to celebrities, The Shard has welcomed thousands of visitors to over 1,500 events throughout the building. Highlights include theand .
The Shard also welcomed new window cleaner, Paddington Bear. The new recruit has now moved on, but you can see how he got on when Paddington 2 is released on DVD later this month.
Innovations and achievements
2017 welcomed a range of new events, menus and things to do at The Shard. The Shangri-La Hotel London launched afor overnight guests in partnership with fitness expert Dan Roberts and mindfulness guide Michael James Wong. The hotel also launched a new , complete with the floating ‘Feel the Force’, and a locally sourced .
The View from The Shard launched the. Guests can ride the world’s highest slide or be part of the building’s construction team.
Office occupier, Jellyfish, were crownedat The Drum Search Awards, as well as taking a place in along with MATCHESFASHION.COM and Sapphire Systems.
The Shard occupiers ended the year by packingand donating, wrapping and delivering .
A legacy to remember
On 5 July 2017, it had been five years since The Shard was formally inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, and HRH the Duke of York KG. It was an event that marked the physical completion of the exterior of the building and represented the culmination of a 12-year journey to build a significant new landmark on the London skyline. The inauguration was marked by a spectacular light and laser show that illuminated the building.
On Sunday 26th February,at the age of 82. For many The Shard will be a lasting memory of Irvine’s determination to achieve the unthinkable, a legacy to be continued.