Case Study Overview

In 2006 plans for the redevelopment of Southwark Towers were approved, and by 2007 demolition work was underway so that the construction of the Shard could begin in 2009.


The Shard was designed by architect Renzo Piano, to be the tallest building in the UK (1,016 ft), however in order to support such a structure, complex top-down construction methods needed to be implemented. When working in a basement 30 meters deep, air quality needs to be managed effectively in order to protect the workers on site.


RVT were involved from the earliest stages of project to ensure the right equipment was on site, at the right time, right where it was needed. We provided Dustex dust control solutions during breaking out of piles in lower basement areas, Ravex exhaust fume control for diesel excavators, and Ventex axial fans forced high volumes of clean air into the 4 storey basement.