When architect Renzo Piano designed The Shard, he envisioned a lot more than the tallest building in the European Union or an architectural marvel that would redefine the London skyline. He foresaw ‘a vertical city’. A 309.7-metre-tall city that stands on flooring constructed with 1,000 tonnes of galvanised steel supplied by Tata Steel in Shotton, North Wales

Snapshots of Tata Steel’s landmark legacy

The London Eye

Millions of people have taken that 30-minute ride on the world’s best-known ferris wheel since it opened in 2000, and Tata Steel has been a part of each journey. The 135 m-tall structure contains 310 tonnes of Celsius® structural hollow sections supplied by Tata Steel Europe.

Interestingly, if the London Eye, which has a circumference of 1,392 feet, were to be unravelled, it would be about 1.25 times taller than The Shard

Burj Khalifa

There is a lot of Tata Steel — 39,000 tonnes of steel rebar from Tata Steel Europe to be precise—in the world’s tallest building. Fun fact: According to numbers crunched by Burj Khalifa, 31,400 metric tonnes of rebar has been used for the tower; ‘laid end to end this would extend over a quarter of the way around the world’

Howrah Bridge

75 years after the first lone tramcar rolled down its length, opening Howrah Bridge to the public, this structural marvel remains strong enough to bear the load of over 100,000 vehicles and 150,000 pedestrians every day. It would not have been so without Tata Steel. Of the 26,500 tonnes of steel used in the construction of the bridge, nearly 23,500 tonnes of high-tensile steel, made to exacting British specifications, was supplied by Tata Steel, making it as synonymous with the Kolkata skyline as the bridge itself

Louvre Abu Dhabi

It weighs about 7,500 tonnes, the same as the Eiffel Tower.

It is the size of five football fields. It is the centrepiece of the hottest new museum in the world — the dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The latticed roof, which has been hailed as a work of art, has been built with almost 2,000 tonnes of Celsius® square hollow sections from Tata Steel’s Hartlepool plant in the United Kingdom

Kempegowda International Airport

The touch of Tata Structura made the award-winning Bengaluru airport one that befits the city’s status as the Silicon Valley of India.

Tata Structura hollow sections have been used to meet the design specifications of many striking new Indian airports, including the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur, Chattisgarh; the Aurangabad Airport in Maharashtra; and the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link

The cable-stayed ‘Bandra-Worli Sea Link’ — which stretches about 5.6 km over the Arabian sea with the support of pre-stressed concrete strands from Tata Steel Global Wires— was an impressive addition to Mumbai’s coastline. The fact that its height is estimated at 63 times the height of the Qutub Minar and the steel wire used in it equals the earth’s circumference are just two of the many things that make it so