The renovation of Ten Trinity Square

Words by
Flora Drummond-Smith

24th November 2015

From looking at the serene façade of Ten Trinity Square, it’s hard to imagine that the building is undergoing serious renovation.

However, behind the soaring Corinthian columns, Singapore-based developer, the Reignwood Group is transforming the historical landmark into London’s third Four Seasons hotel, adding to existing hotels at Park Lane and Canary Wharf. The building will house 41 fully-serviced luxury apartments, 100 guest rooms and suites, and a private members’ club with the first Chateau Latour Room outside of Bordeaux, bringing this sleeping beauty back to life.


Located on the boarder of the City’s Square Mile, on a site that dates back to the Roman ages and is a mere stone’s throw away from the Tower of London, the building’s historically rich pedigree undeniably enhances its prestige. “Ten Trinity Square is an iconic landmark, constructed without compromise. From the first moment I saw the building, I understood that its history and heritage are what make it truly unique,” says Songhua Ni, President of Reignwood Investments UK.

The re-purposing of Ten Trinity Square marks a new chapter for the property, which was built in 1922 by Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Cooper, for the then astronomical price of £1 million. The renovations are set to continue in the same spirit – with no expense spared – transforming the property with luxurious, clean-lined spaces that combine Chinese culture with a quintessentially British style. Striking a sophisticated balance between old and new, the sleek and ultra-luxe interiors lift the stately neoclassical architecture. Large rooms and high-ceilinged apartments, which boast private entrance halls, are clad in sumptuous materials including marble and leather, and are decorated in a neutral colour palette of ebony, soft greys, fawn and ivory, exuding a grandeur that’s in keeping with the classic Beaux Arts style of the building.

It’s history remains though, such as the original glass-covered rotunda, which was badly damaged during the Blitz and has been carefully restored, and the small brass arrow that lies to one side of the entrance hall. Set in the stone floor, the arrow once indicated the reach of the arrows fired from the Tower of London. Conserving these original characteristics of the Grade II* listed building are of the utmost importance to developers, relying on a team of specialists who have dedicated years to restoring the magnificent carved facades, ornate plasterwork and intricate woodcarvings. Four Seasons will bring history to the present day in their latest London venture, with Ten Trinity Square expected to open in late 2016.