Our role

While at Arup, Martin was the Senior Mechanical Design Engineer responsible for the project, running a small team of engineers and working on all three buildings in parallel.

Project details

Designed by GMW Partnership, Minster Court is a postmodern-gothic complex comprising three imposing buildings in London’s financial district. Home to the head office of the London Underwriting Centre, the project was completed in 1991.

The three buildings – which combined provide 1,000,000 sq ft of office space – were designed to be autonomous, while a centralised plant associated ensured they could be developed separately. Clad in a polished rose granite, the buildings’ distinct multi-faceted façade has seen the complex described by architecture critics as an iconic landmark. Further gravitas is provided by the three life-sized bronze horses, sculpted by Althea Wynne, standing guard in the forecourt entrance on Mincing Lane.

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Statistics

  • Location: London, EC3
  • Dates: 1989-1990
  • Size: 1,000,000 sq ft
  • Project Team:
    Architect: GMW Partnership
    Engineer: Arup
    Contractor: Bovis Lend Lease
    QS: Gardiner and Theobald