Minster Court, City of London Building

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Minster Court London

City Building: Major Office Development in central London – design by GMW Partnership

17 Sep 2008

Minster Court

Address: 1 Minster Court, Mincing Lane, City of London, EC3, UK
Date: 1988-91
Design: GMW Partnership

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photographs © Adrian Welch Sep 2008

Approx. cost: £178m

Unusual neo-Gothic office building, which created some raised eyebrows as it deviated significantly from the standard rectilinear office building formula well-established in the City: although some other buildings such as No. Poultry – Postmodern style – also differed from the norm, there was no tradition for neo-Gothic in the City in recent decades.

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photos © Nick Weall

Minster Court is a complex of three office buildings, completed between 1991 and 1992 and designed by architects GMW Partnership. During the final phase of fitting-out on 7 August 1991, there was a fire in the atrium of No. 3 Minster Court which caused a serious delay in completion. The style has been described as “postmodern-gothic”.

In the forecourt, on Mincing Lane, are three bronze horses that are over 3 metres tall, sculpted by Althea Wynne; they have been nicknamed “Dollar”, “Yen” and “Sterling”. It appeared briefly in Disney’s 1996 live-action movie 101 Dalmatians as the exterior of Cruella De Vil’s haute couture fashion house, “House of DeVil”.

London Underwriting Centre
Situated in No. 3 Minster Court, the London Underwriting Centre (LUC) is intended to run in parallel with the Underwriting Room at Lloyd’s of London, providing a facility for insurance underwriters to meet brokers at a single venue (the Lloyd’s building itself being only open to Lloyd’s syndicate underwriters). The LUC specialises in international insurance and reinsurance.
Soruce: wikipedia

Minster Court London architect : GMW Partnership


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Adjacent building to the west of the Mincing Lane Office Development:

Plantation Place, Mincing Lane

Design: Arup Associates
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photos © Nick Weall

Plantation Place’s glazed rectilinear volumes rise up beyond the street frontages:

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photographs © Adrian Welch Sep 2008

Traditional buildings to west of Minster Court:

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Minster Court Offices Building

Nat West Tower – refurbished 1995 by GMW Architects

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Lloyds Building, City of London
Design: Richard Rogers Partnership
Lloyds Building
photo © AW

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