Ofcom, the UK's telecommunications regulator, has told the company raising London's latest erection, the Shard, that two of the country's tallest TV transmission masts stand more proudly skyward than the so-called "vertical city" does. The 'Shard-on', designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano and currently under …
I go past this every day on the train
I love the way they pre-fab buildings now and put them together like Meccano - that thing literally gets bigger in front of your eyes.
"Emley Moor is the tallest free-standing building in Europe"
Ostankino Tower in Moscow is also freestanding and is 540m tall and the last time I checked Moscow was still in Europe...
..."Europe" is often used as shorthand for "The European Union", as opposed to the European continent. I know Moscow can get cold, but I think Lucifer himself would be donning the thermal underwear before Russia joins the EU.
In that case
At 368m, the Fernsehturm in Berlin is still taller than anything in the UK.
There is a song about Emley Moor and hats
You may be thinking of...
... the wrong moor. I have it on good authority that ducks do not play football on Emley Moor.
Ee, coat, wer 'ast thee bin since a saw thee?
Emley jamming station
Actually I am not a fan of this transmitter, can someone please knock out its analogue transmissions as they jam Sutton Coldfields digital transmissions.
Get some Tropospheric ducting and say goodby to TV reception.
But I once picked up the Newcastle transmitter for a couple of I frames.
The shard is satisfyingly thick at the base in comparison though.
are not completely useless, then?
Those who obsess about such things
like to distinguish between freestanding 'buildings' and 'structures', with the latter consisting of mostly habitable space - offices/flats/hotel rooms*. So the Shard will be the tallest building in Western Europe, with Emley Moor the tallest structure, and honour is satisfied all round.
* The Burj Khalifa now holds both world titles, the first time a building has been the tallest structure since the construction of the CN Tower in 1976.
There's a control room near the top of the Emley Moor tower with a lift going up to it, so it's more than just a mast.
btw, according to Wikipedia: "The tower is the tallest free-standing building in the United Kingdom, 4th in the European Union, and 25th in the world"
And why care about the peak?
I'd be more interested in the "highest useful space": the Shard may top at 310m, but the highest occupied floor doesn't seem to be much above 250m. All the rest above is decoration (putting a gsm or tv mast above is just cheating).
A new unit needed
Perhaps we could measure the usable floor space divided by the land area used. Works fairly well until the development of mushroom shaped buildings. As this will measure how much a building has up top I vote this unit is named the "Paris".
How do you pronoun gsm?
Phnarr phnarr. Sorry.
Sorry, there are some better towers ...
Didn't have to look at wikipedia, but the (East-) Berlin television tower was at 365m when behind the iron bars and grew up to 368m after the wall toppled.
Didn't know Riga can now claim to have the "tallest structure in European Union". But, maybe you find someone who adds the missing 40m ...
Complete and utter b*ll*cks all of them
Tallest building in Europe my a*** - any one one them. Ditto for tallest unsupported building in Europe.
540m and in Europe. It may be in need of repairs (which are ongoing), it may not be in active use, but it is there and it is still standing.
Building measuring contest
My shed is officially the tallest building in my garden. Do I get a prize now?
Is it taller than ...
The rest of the title was superfluous surely?
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