The final section of steel has been lifted into place as the Shard reached its full height of 310m and nears completion, taking the iconic landmark building to an equivalent of 95 floors.

The milestone marks the last piece of steel slotting into the Shard's third and final phase which involved the UK's highest crane - currently sitting 317m above the Capital - lifting around 500 tonnes of steel to the top of the Shard. It has taken around 100 crane lifts to construct the final section's steelwork which comprises a total of 800 separate pieces of steel.

In addition to the steel the final stage is being clad in 516 panes of glass, forming a relatively small part of near 11,000 panes that have been used to clad the Shard overall.

Irvine Sellar, Chairman of Sellar Property Group, said: "This is another milestone in the development of the Shard which has become a global iconic landmark building. The Shard is making a positive impact on London's skyline and there is discernible excitement among Londoners as the building nears completion. It is a 'vertical town' that includes a viewing gallery, restaurants, and a five star Shangri-La Hotel, which will all be open to the public, as well as residences and offices."

The logistics for this exercise was led by the Shard's principal contractor Mace in conjunction with WSP (engineers) and Severfield Reeve Structures (steel).

It is anticipated that the Shard, which forms part of the 2m sq ft London Bridge Quarter development, will be externally completed in June - coinciding with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the eagerly anticipated London Olympics.

London Bridge Quarter, which also includes The Place, a 600,000 sq ft gross office building, the Shard Plaza, a new public space, new station concourse and bus station, will be fully completed by the end of the first quarter 2013.