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As the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, The Shard takes its name from the four shards of the double glazed glass façade set at various angles, towering more than 20m above roof level. It is an irregular pyramidal-shaped building from the base to the top.

Due to its unique shape and sloping facade, the iconic Shard of Glass project required a custom-made solution utilising the best of CoxGomyl’s extensive global resources. This solution consisted of a 12 unit access scheme featuring multiple knuckle machines, an articulated large BMU which sits among the cantilevered shard tips, as well as a unique rope diverter system. Recessed monorails with power winch cradles inside the station concourse soffit complete the access scheme.

This video brings you through the garage in the mid-level to the rooftop mechanical floor, where you will see the whole launching process of a multiple knuckle machine from the garage behind mechanically retracting panel in the mid-level. The video also shows how the BMU at the rooftop extends the jib to reach up almost vertically to access the top most panel without coming into contact with the building.

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