The Grade II listed building at 10 Trinity Square near the Tower of London has been given planning permission to be transformed into a £150m, 121-bedroom hotel and spa by the City of London Corporation.
US property tycoon Stan Thomas of Thomas Enterprises has been working with architect Woods Bagot to transform the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority into a luxury hotel aimed at ‘the most high profile corporate executives based in the City of London.’
The 45,000 square metre building will incorporate an additional 30 apartments around a central rotunda well in which a landscaped public garden sits, while an eye-catching curved, glazed roof covers the large, stately ballroom.
Rob Steul, principal at Woods Bagot, said the aim of the project was to restore the building while ‘creating one of the finest hotels in London’.
“Thomas Enterprises and Woods Bagot have been working with English Heritage and the City of London to develop a design which removes unsympathetic sixties extensions and restores the central rotunda space to the building, which was lost during the Blitz,” he said. “This generous central space will become the new heart of the building, and rival the scale of the Reading Room in the Great Court of the British Museum. Upon completion the hotel will be the only one of its kind serving the City and Canary Wharf.”
Trinity Square was most recently used by Willis Insurance as the company’s headquarters, but has been empty since their relocation in 2008. It is the first UK project for Thomas Enterprises, who bought the building in 2006.