Do you ever walk through certain parts of London and think that there’s just too much to look at? Between Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and the skyscrapers of the City of London, it’s easy to overlook a couple of astounding pieces of architecture in Tower Hill.
Ten Trinity Square in Trinity Square Gardens is one of these; its enormous stone pillars guard the main entrance, while a menacing statue of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, brandishes his trident from atop a tower.
Poseidon’s presence has a lot to do with its origins as the Port of London Authority. Opened in 1922 by then Prime Minister David Lloyd George, the building was once a bastion of international trade and commerce in the heart of the City.
When the Blitz came for London, it took this symbol of global trade and industry with it, destroying large sections of the building. But in spring 2016, it’s set to experience a resurgence that in itself epitomises how much the landscape of global trade has shifted.
Ten Trinity Square was acquired by a Chinese enterprise, Reignwood Group, as its first investment in London real estate in 2010. Its first British project will also be the Four Season’s first residences in London. In total, 41 apartments, ranging from one to five bedrooms will occupy floors three to seven of the building, accompanied by a 100-room Four Seasons hotel; buying here is the equivalent of owning a permanent room in a five star hotel.
The oak-panelled former executive offices on the second floor will also house a private members club, home to the first Chateau Latour wine room outside of France. Private hire of the Trinity Square ballroom, which hosted the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in 1946, is also thrown in with membership.
With architects Aukett Swanke (The Royal Exchange) and heritage specialists Donald Insall Associates (The Bank of England) behind the restoration, Ten Trinity Square hopes to return to its rightful place as an icon of the City.