The Shard is pretty much the marmite skyscraper of the capital. You either love it or hate it.
The 72-storey skyscraper, soaring 310 metres (1,016ft) high, keeps getting berated for its empty floors.
But are they empty? Floors 31-33 are taken up by restaurants Hutong, Oblix and Aqua Shard. The Shangri-La hotel goes up from floors 34-52 and the apartments take up floors 53-66. The top floors (68-72) boast viewing platforms.
According to its website, the Shard’s office space spans from floors 2-28. Of these floors, 10 still remain empty.
Recruiter Robert Half just signed up for 20,200 sq ft of space on the 10th storey of the building. They are due to move in in October.
Among the firms set to move in in The Shard offices are io oil & gas consulting, HCA International, analytics firm Gallup and The Office Group.
Take a look at Shard’s office tenants, according to its website:
Al Jazeera Media Network
The global media giant runs its European news gathering, current affairs programming and live evening news output, including News Hour and The Listening Post from the 16th floor. Al Jazeera programming reaches 270 million households in over 35 countries.
Based on Level 27, international specialist mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory firm Arma Partners LLP moved into The Shard in August 2014.
Drinks brand Campari, a leading player in the global branded beverage industry, are located on Level 27 in what is the Italian firm’s first London base.
Duff & Phelps
Duff & Phelps, whose London offices are on floor 14, is a global valuation and corporate finance adviser with expertise in complex valuation, dispute consulting, M&A and restructuring. More than 1,000 employees serve a diverse range of clients from offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Foresight, based on the 17th floor, is a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager. It has more than £1.1bn of assets under management spread across 20 funds including Listed Vehicles, Limited Partnerships, Enterprise Investment Schemes (EISs) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs).
Mathys & Squire
Mathys & Squire, on the 15th floor, is a practice of intellectual property lawyers specialising in patent and trademark law. In its first month in the building, March 2014, it reported a year-on-year trebling of new clients signing up.
South Hook Gas
South Hook Gas is the largest importer of liquefied natural gas into the UK. The company, a tenant on the 28th floor, is a key player in the energy sector and is able to provide around 20% of the UK’s natural gas requirements.
South Hook LNG
Operating on 28th-floor offices, South Hook LNG is the London office of the regasification facility in Milford Haven, Wales. Its primary purpose is the safe and reliable regasification of natural gas, which is shipped from Qatar to its Welsh base.
Tiffany & Co
Tiffany & Co is one of the world’s leading and most recognised jewellery brands, synonymous with luxury and style for over 175 years. The Shard is home to the global jeweller’s UK operations.
Warwick Business School
Establishing its first presence in London, Warwick Business School opened its doors in September 2014 on Level 17. It has become one of the world’s leading business schools with its executive MBA course ranked second in the UK and 25th internationally.
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