10 Trinity Square

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building which you might have passed without noticing.

For a building as huge as 10 Trinity Square it is only when you see it from a distance that you notice its grandeur. Designed as the headquarters for the Port of London Authority, perched near the top is Old Father Thames pointing the way to a Docklands that once was the powerhouse of England’s trade.

[W]ith four major hotels a stone’s throw away you’d have thought that there were enough available beds just north of Tower Bridge. Not so, Four Seasons Hotel Group is developing the site into a 98 bedroom hotel and leisure complex.

Built between 1915 and 1922 by John Mowlem & Co., and designed by Sir Edwin Cooper, the Grade II* listed building is famous for its decorative roof feature, once described as a ‘wedding cake’. The building was opened by David Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister of the day, in 1922. The Port of London Authority is now based on Charterhouse Street in Smithfield.

In 1946, 10 Trinity Square hosted the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Not bad for a building that had been badly damaged by enemy bombing during the Blitz in World War II.

When renovated in the 1970s a functional rectangular office block was built to occupy the central part of the building which was destroyed in the War. It was occupied as the European headquarters of insurance broker Willis Faber Limited following the relocation of the Port of London Authority to Smithfield.

The building featured in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.

Picture: Mick Lobb CC BY-SA 2.0

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