Bigger and Better Changing skylines Do you live in a big city? Surrounded by tall glass clad buildings that seem to multiply by the day. Well I Live in London and the sky line changes from year to year. It is exciting to see what will come next in this ever changing environment. I am interested in the buildings and their designs as I am a training structural engineer, but I am also into modern and historic architecture. I will often visit the new buildings popping up and have a look around them taking it all in and getting ideas for myself. Amazing Engineering The latest building that has been growing over the last few years and is now finished, is the beautiful shard in the area of London Bridge Quarter. It is currently the tallest building in Western Europe standing at 310 metres high with 87 stories. Within the shard is housed, offices, restaurants, apartments and even a 5 * hotel called the Shangri-La. At the very top is the famous viewing platform, giving spectacular views of 360 degrees and 40 miles across London. When visiting these very high constructions I have become quite interested in the lift systems and how this is achieved. It is a great feet of engineering to be able to transport many people up and down a building hundreds if in thousands of time a day. It must be quite interesting being a lift consultant and working on these fabulous building all over the world. Only getting bigger With the competition so high to come up with bigger and better buildings all over the world there is no end to interesting cities to visit. At this present time the tallest building in the whole world is in Dubai and is the Burj Khalifa standing at 829.8 metres high. To put that into contexts the Eiffel Tower is only 275 metres high.