Ten Trinity Square – Historic ‘gem’ sparkles as spectacular new hotel
Exquisitely created within a spectacular and unique historic building in the City of London, the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers interiors of breathtaking splendour.
The Grade II listed building, originally occupied by the Port of London Authority, features a stunning colonnaded facade behind what is now a luxury hotel and residence just steps from major landmarks, business hubs and cultural destinations.
“In this landmark of power and prestige, we have introduced a more intimate, personalised experience for international travellers as well as local guests,” says General Manager Charlie Parker
“In the story of Ten Trinity Square, a new Four Seasons chapter in London has unfolded.”
The superbly designed interior, created by 4BI of Paris, is home to just 100 guest accommodations as well as 41 exclusive private residences, and also offers a luxurious spa experience, state-of-the-art fitness centre, a beautiful indoor pool, and gracious event spaces which can accommodate up to 200.
There are also three dining options including Le Dame De Pic, where acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic has made her UK debut; while a new Asian concept offers a second and equally appealing dining option, complemented by the Rotunda under the building’s stunning dome.
Independent to the hotel, but also situated within Ten Trinity Square, Four Seasons has partnered with Chateau Latour and Reignwood to open a private members club.
The building’s heritage past is reflected in the maritime-inspired details of its elegant architecture and interiors.
Ten Trinity Square was the setting for the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, and now the very room where that remarkable gathering took place has been meticulously restored down to the smallest detail, with discreet technological upgrades to accommodate today’s demands.
The wood panelled UN Ballroom is the perfect setting for a sit down dinner or cocktail reception, offering stunning views over the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Across a shared pre-function area, the circular Merchant’s Hall is a unique, naturally-lit space above the building’s rotunda.
Claire Betaille, director and partner at 4BI said: “Our design was obviously inspired by the building itself, carefully considering the whole journey of the guest, right from the entrance onwards.
“We made a great effort to explore the context, history and local culture of the building and to extract from this element which we selected to become part of the design vocabulary.
“We did not simply want to reproduce the history of the building as we felt that the design deserved much more than that – and we therefore needed to create a unique design language in keeping with its character and history.
“We created several design stories all based on the tradition of the maritime world and its history of exploration and discovery – many of which are reflected in the features of the building, such as within the UN ballroom, for example.
“The interior, which it was originally a place where people came to pay duties was very large and rather austere – rather like a bank – and one of the challenges of the project was to create a warm and welcoming hospitality interior within this context.
“For example, the lobby area is a huge circular space without windows located in the centre of the building and we needed to create the welcoming atmosphere that guests expect to encounter in this main area of the hotel.
“We reproduced the shape of an ancient cupola for the ceiling, and this was decorated to represent concentric ripples of water, whilst the walls were covered in low relief plasterwork depicting scenes of external views. The large columns within the space are finished to give the appearance of marine rope.
“The bedrooms come in various sizes, with the smaller ones measuring around 35 sq m which we conceived along the lines a boat cabin, with specially designed integrated joinery. We also aimed to reflect something of the English style and culture to give guests a sense of place.
“Within the hotel’s La Damme De Pic restaurant we created a design representing a fusion of English and Parisian culture, within the constraints imposed by working within this listed part of the building.
“The creation of the La Tour Club (inspired by the French La Tour vineyard) within the hotel was particularly challenging, since the club is located in an area previously occupied by the building’s 12 boardrooms and meeting rooms with wooden panelled walls – all of which are listed and had to remain untouched – and initially had a very austere and formal atmosphere.
“The design had to link all the rooms within the space and make it work as a unified club with an inviting and congenial ambience.
“This was a very special project for us and our first collaboration with the Four Seasons who are very pleased with the project. They are an exceptional operator and it was great to work with them as well as to work in this part of London which has a very rich culture.”
Fibreglass UK Ltd
Fibreglass UK Ltd specialise in the design and manufacture of high quality fibreglass mouldings. Services include consultancy, custom mouldings, fibreglass mouldings, precision patterns & moulds, GRP repairs & alterations, GRP lining & tanking solutions and GRP mouldings.
Past projects for Fibreglass UK Ltd have included schemes for Martini, the BBC, Network Rail, Selfridges, V&A London and British Airways, amongst others. Most recently, Fibreglass UK Ltd has been involved with Ten Trinity Square.
Richard Hayward, Fibreglass UK Ltd, said:
“At Fibreglass UK we offer a complete range of client services ranging from initial advice and feasibility, through to design, manufacture, installation, and a complete after care and maintenance package if required. When choosing Fibreglass UK Ltd as your composite partner, you know you’re getting the very best moulded component or structure as part of an exceptional all round client package that out strips our competitors.”
“When selecting Fibreglass UK as your composite partner you can be sure you are working alongside an organisation with a profound knowledge of custom fibreglass mouldings with many years of in-depth experience at delivering exceptional quality, which will exceed client expectations every time. Repeat orders are testimony to our personal commitment and loyalty.”
Barr + Wray
Barr + Wray are the UK’s leading provider of pool and spa engineering solutions and ideas creations for water and thermal experiences. Most of the pools and spas installed and commissioned by Barr + Wray are located within hotels and resorts of exceptional style and presence. The company’s aim is to design and build spas to complement their surroundings.
Barr + Wray offer a full product and service provision covering: preliminary/conceptual design services; detailed design studies; project management /realisation; equipment supply; installation + commissioning; and after sales/service. Using their experienced team of designers Barr + Wray also provide specialist interior design services from project inception through to execution.
Over the years, Barr + Wray have been involved in many spa projects throughout the world in Europe, Asia and in the Middle East, ensuring they are particularly aware of the cultural requirements involved in creating luxury spas in most regions of the world. As designers and engineers Barr + Wray provide a fully coordinated and integrated spa interior design solution.
With offices based in the UK, Dubai and Hong Kong, Barr + Wray are able to service their customers globally. The company has been in operation for 58 years and within this time, Barr + Wray has built up a strong client base, including Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz Carlton, Fairmont and Grand Hyatt.
Recent projects for Barr + Wray include Gainsborough Spa, Bath, GOCO Spa at Rose Island, Venice, One Tower Bridge, London and St Regis Hotel, Dubai. Most recently, Barr + Wray has been involved in Ten Trinity Square, supplying and installing the Spa Thermal Cabins with a Hammam, two steam rooms, a VIP steam shower and a sauna.
Cheryl Hanna, Barr + Wray, said:
“Barr + Wray are honoured to supply these specialist items at such a prestige project therefore adding to our ever increasing portfolio of award winning spa projects.”
“At Barr + Wray we pride ourselves on our ability to create award winning spas, offering a full interior design package. We have the technical ability to supply spa wet area solutions, offering flexible and cost effective services unrestricted by geography or size, backed by our first class installation, aftersales and maintenance services.”
Oakdene Finishes specialise in providing high-end finishes to the construction industry with decorating and French polishing its main disciplines.
Daniel Higgs, a 3rd generation French Polisher by trade started out working in his father’s company, where he had his first taste of large commercial renovations at venues such as Buckingham Palace. Inspired by his father and grandfather, Daniel established Oakdene Finishes Ltd, a company which has grown in size and revenue year-on-year.
The continued success of Oakdene Finishes is in no small part down to the increasing number of high profile projects, starting with The Savoy Hotel and moving into projects such as Shangri-La at The Shard and London’s 5* Beaumont Hotel.
Oakdene Finishes’ work at Ten Trinity Square has been incredibly rewarding with its rich historic character and challenging restoration features. The Club Rooms are a good example of Oakdene Finishes’ all-round contribution to the building, with its elaborate ceiling moulding and antique oak panelling all now restored to a beautiful finish.
Daniel Higgs, Oakdene Finishes, said:
“This has been a key project, allowing us to showcase our ability to complete a project of this stature. We are confident Oakdene Finishes can now be considered one of London’s leading high-quality finishing contractors.”
Valko Construction Ltd
Valko Construction Ltd is a sub-contractor, specialising in dry lining, suspended ceilings, tape & jointing, plastering, SFS (light weight steel frames) & cladding. The company was founded in 2009 and works alongside various prestigious names, including Ardmore Construction & CNM Estate’s.
Valko are working on complex projects such as the Grade I listed former Midland Bank Headquarters in the City of London, Poultry – Bank. The development boasts 252 suites of varying sizes, restaurants, rooftop bar with landscaped terraces, health spa and gym, event spaces, underground bar in the retained safe deposit vaults and private members’ club. Having worked on this project for more than two years now, Valko are fully aware of what is required to manage high-end refurbishments such as Ten Trinity square.
Peter Tomkins, Valko Construction Ltd, said:
“Valko’s tender bid for the dry lining & suspended ceilings package with Ardmore was successful and we began installing first fix metal stud partitions & plasterboards back in June 2015. Whilst safely managing & installing the drylining to provide a smooth level surface suitable to receive final decoration, Valko also undertook tape & jointing/plastering applied to highest quality in various suites, restaurants, reception areas.
“It is very important for Valko to be involved in such a reputable project such as this, because as a construction company we aim to provide for and be a part of a new emerging, modern day London whilst keeping our historic architecture. Ten Trinity Square has undergone an astounding transformation.”
“At Valko Construction Ltd we pride ourselves on offering a high-quality service from the beginning of the tender process, right through to on site construction. Valko’s professional and pro-active approach has seen us offer our services to all sectors, including residential housing, high-rise residential apartments, education & commercial.”