'London From Centre Point, 2019'
Inspired by the view looking East towards St Pauls Cathedral and Canary Wharf from the Centre Point building.
Constructed by Wimpey Construction from 1963 to 1966 for £5.5 million. On completion, the building remained vacant for many years, leading to it being referred to as "London's Empty Skyscraper”, the owner, Harry Hyams, was challenged to allow tenants to rent single floors, but consistently refused. At that time skyscrapers were rare in London, and Centre Point's prominence led to it becoming a rallying symbol for opponents.
The homeless charity was founded in 1969 as a shelter in Soho, named Centrepoint in response to the building, being seen as an "affront to the homeless" for being left empty.
'London at Dusk From The Shard, 2020'
Inspired by the contrast between the strong verticals present in London Bridge and Canary Wharf and the winding curves of the river. The sense of history also provides inspiration, when the East End of London reached such commercial heights in the second half of 19th that it demanded one more river crossing. In the 1876, a “Special Bridge or Subway Committee” was formed to find a solution.
Five companies and 432 workers worked on it. It has 70,000 tons of concrete in foundations and some 10,000 tons of steel covered in Cornish granite and Portland stone as means of protection and esthetics. Tower Bridge still functions and is a major crossing of the Thames with 40,000 people crossing in both directions every day. While it was controlled manually from the beginning, in 2000, a computer system was installed so bascules could be raised and lowered remotely. Bascules are raised around 3 times a day and a 24 hours' notice is needed from a ship that needs pass.
'London From The Shard, Sunrise, 2019'
The inspiration for the the vista In 1998, London-based entrepreneur Irvine Sellar decided to redevelop the 1970s-era Southwark Towers following a UK government white paper encouraging the development of tall buildings at major transport hubs. Sellar announced that it had secured funding from a consortium of Qatari investors, who had paid £150 million to secure an 80% stake in the project. The consortium included Qatar National Bank, QInvest, Qatari Islamic Bank and the Qatari property developer Barwa Real Estate, as well as Sellar Property. The new owners promised to provide the first tranche of finance, allowing construction of the tower to begin. In 2009, the State of Qatar consolidated its ownership of London Bridge Quarter (known now as Shard Quarter), including The Shard, through the purchase of the private Qatari investors' stakes. Shard Quarter is today jointly owned by the State of Qatar and Sellar
Borough High Street, London, 2020
Inspired by the calmness of the elevated view from The Shard looking down onto Borough High Street, Southwalk Cathedral and following the river up to The London Eye.
On 3 June 2017, a van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge, and then crashed on the South Bank of the River Thames. Its three occupants then ran to the nearby Borough Market area and began stabbing people in and around restaurants and pubs. They were shot dead by City of London Police officers, and were found to be wearing fake explosive vests. Eight people were killed and 48 were injured, including members of the public and four unarmed police officers who attempted to stop the assailants around Borough High Street.