Seething Lane Garden, Ten Trinity Square

Celebrating Samuel Pepys
The repurposing of the Grade II Port of London Authority building into the Four Seasons London Ten Trinity provided the opportunity to improve the historic Seething Lane Garden, home to Samuel Pepys.

Re-development of the Grade II port of London building into a luxury hotel, spa and residential development. The planning negotiations included detailed consultation with the City of London to secure agreement to remove the existing Seething Lane Gardens (a City of London space) to provide infrastructure for the underground servicing and parking access for the development, and replacement with a new improved city garden. The approval sought to balance the aspirations of the Client and respect the heritage aspects in conjunction with the Corporation of London’s streetscene manual.

A series of raised planters introduce a resilient new planting palette and improved biodiversity, with additional habitat incidental such as a bird bath and nesting boxes. Existing railings were removed to allow increased accessibility to the garden with new beech hedging and a network of new paths and differing seating opportunities were incorporated. Climber planting was used to cover the southern pavilion with a new oak pergola to the north.
To reference the connection of Samuel Pepys with the City Garden we proposed a series of carved paving stones to depict key moments from his life and entries in his diaries. The designs were created via a collaboration from the City of London with a team of students and alumni of City & Guilds London Art School, guided by Alan Lamb.

Landscape Institute Awards 2014 – Highly Commended ‘Design for a Small Scale Development'


Seething Lane Garden, Ten Trinity Square, City of London
Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square


KOP Properties / Reignwood Group / City of London


0.2 Hectares


Concept Design to Detailed Design, Planning Approved.
(completed by team at Capita Lovejoy)


Landscape Institute Awards 2014 – Highly Commended ‘Design for a Small Scale Development'


Architect: Woods Bagot
Interior designer: David Collins Studio
Project Manager: EC Harris
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
MEP Engineer: Red Engineering

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Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square