The Shard vs Porto Montenegro

What does The Shard, currently being built on the south bank of the Thames, which will be the tallest building in Europe when it’s completed next year, have in common with Porto Montenegro?

The answer is ‘Mace’, the main contractor of the Shard, who is also the project management company for Porto Montenegro.  To build one of the biggest and most architecturally-challenging buildings in London, as well as the finest marina in the Adriatic, is quite a feat in itself given the huge differences between the two projects.

Mace, a private international consultancy and construction company operating since 1990 signed the £800m+ contract to build the Shard at London Bridge in 2009.  At 1,016ft, the building will provide 900,000sq.ft of office space, residential apartments, hotel, restaurants and viewing galleries.  Mace’s role evolved from project to construction management, before a fixed price solution was negotiated with the requirement of completion ahead of the London 2012 Games.  Top-down construction allows the sub and superstructure to be worked on simultaneously which saves time, a process never previously attempted on a building of this scale.

The Porto Montenegro project consists of residential apartments, retail outlets, two hotels, an International school, a sports club, a golf course and marina with 650 berths, for an anticipated completion by 2014.

Both these developments, with their common link, provide the UK and Montenegro with awe-inspiring new and iconic constructions that both nations can be proud of.

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