(Reuters) – Western Europe’s tallest skyscraper, the Shard, built by Qatar’s royal family, is now 50 percent let a year after its opening – a sign, analysts say, of an improving office rental market.

Six new tenants mean that eight of 26 floors of offices in the tapering glass tower will be occupied this year, the Shard’s real estate managers said on Thursday. Its 13 floors of apartments have yet to be offered to potential residents.

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, its 72 habitable storeys house six companies including Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera and the world’s largest hospital group, Hospital Corporation of America.

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