London's 1,016-foot-tall Shard skyscraper is set to become Western Europe's tallest building, and it will be a "truly mixed-use building," with housing, office and public space. Building the tower is challenging due to space constraints, the fast-track construction schedule and the densely populated area. However, with "the right design and information," the construction process goes smoothly, said Robert Deatker, a project director.

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