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Woman in court over shard protest

A man watches as the all-woman team scale the building Credit: ITV News

A Greenpeace activist is in court today over her part in a protest climbing up the side of the shard.

Alison Garrigan will appear at Camberwell Magistrates Court today charged with aggravated trespass.

Five other women who were involved have already accepted police cautions.

Olympic cauldron and Shard compete for design awards

The Olympic cauldron was designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Olympic cauldron that was used at the 2012 Games and the Shard skyscraper are amongst the designs nominated for the Design of the Year awards at London's Design Museum.

Also included in the nominees from around the world was Clapham Library and Exhibition Road in Kensington.

The Shard was designed by Renzo Piano. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment


The Duke of York abseil down the Shard

The 52-year-old royal was one of around 40 people to lower themselves to raise money for charity Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Donors have given more than £290,000 to sponsor Andrew Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke of York overcame his "sense of trepidation" to abseil down the tallest building in Europe today Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire


High-flying facts about The Shard

Here are some facts and figures about The Shard.

The Shard is is 1016ft (309.6m) high.

The building reached its top height on June 19.

It has 11,000 glass panels.

There are 44 lifts, including double-decker lifts.

There are 306 flights of stairs.

The total floor space is 31.4 acres.

95% of the construction materials are recycled.

20% of all the steelwork is from recycled sources.

The design was influenced by the irregular nature of the site.

Each facet forms a shard, a plane of glass gently inclined inwards, rising towards the top.

The corners of the development are open and the shards do not touch, allowing the building to "breathe".

There are 72 occupiable floors.

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