Scheldebouw B.V.

Technincal Advisor for the façade design, Senior Structural Engineer

The Shard: Structural Challenges of the Façade

This presentation concerns the structural design aspects and challenges of the external curtain walling of the Shard London Bridge Tower in London. Aim of the presentation is to provide information on the design process of the structural components of the
façade. Furthermore, some major aspects of manufacturing and installation of the special façade components will be highlighted. Possible issues to be discussed are: Wind load study; glass analysis by means of FEM; structural (FEM) modelling and analysis of curtain walling; structural (FEM) modelling and analysis of substructure; testing; manufacturing of façade components; installation.