Coventry firm played its part in The Shard build

05/07 Updated: 06/07 12:09

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The view over the Thames towards The Shard, which is being unveiled later today.

A COVENTRY company has helped lay the foundations for The Shard - the tallest building in Western Europe which is being unveiling later today (Thursday).

D-Drill played its part in the creation of the 1,016ft building, drilling 60 feet into a disused underground rail tunnel as part of its structural preparations.

The London site includes offices, a hotel, restaurant, apartments and a viewing gallery. It sits in the Bridge Quarter next to swanky offices and restaurants in the heart of inner city London and is set to be unveiled with a spectacular light show at around 10pm this evening.

The city firm was called in at the beginning of the project in 2009.

But it was also needed to help lay the foundations of a building set to knock The Shard off its top step. D-Drill played a key role in Vostok - a 1,660ft building in Moscow set to open next year.

The feat is in no small part down to the city company's work in piling down around 100ft to provide the foundations.

Boss Julie White said: "It’s fantastic to see The Shard opening and I am so pleased to be able to say that we helped to make it happen when we were part of the structural preparations back in 2009.

"It’s a wonderful building and an amazing addition to the London skyline.

"But we have also worked on its big ‘rival’ in Moscow. The building wasn’t originally planned to be so tall but when they discovered how high The Shard was going to be, they decided to start again and go higher.

"That meant the foundations needed to go further and because of our expertise, they called in D-Drill to go across and we went down to depths of around 100 feet.

"It’s fantastic for D-Drill to have played a part in both."

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