With the Hall now reopen after a busy summer of renovations and work continuing in the basement, here are five interesting facts about the project so far:
One Roman first century pottery vessel found in basement. This was handed to the Museum of London, which is the procedure for any archaeological finds discovered in London.
The renovations have created a third more space, including the converted basement arches and two new river side spaces. The Hall now has a harmonious balance of heritage with the original features of the Basement, Court Room and Library matched with the contemporary nature of the Banqueting Hall, River Room, Bridge and Thames rooms.
Five doors and windows from Georgian London exposed in the original exterior wall of Hibernia Wharf. The Wharf was originally built to store butter brought in from Ireland, and named Hibernia, Latin for Ireland.
Six floor to ceiling 7.5 metre Crittal style glazed windows have been installed in the front of the venue offering a light, welcoming feel.
and last but no means least…
30,000 planning hours have been undertaken to deliver the renovation project. A design team of 20 from a variety of disciplines including heritage architecture, structural engineering, lime plastering and heritage water doughing worked tirelessly to ensure the project brief has been exceeded.