Architectural Heritage Shapes the City and the Square
Britain respects its architectural history as a prized asset, and nowhere more so than in London. The two buildings that form the western front of Trafalgar Square are the second oldest on the Square after St Martin-in-the-Fields. The renovation that took place in the 1960s was not undertaken with a sensitivity to the architectural heritage and so, as this revitalization project began, Canada was determined that the buildings’ heritage and surroundings be given due priority and care.
Efforts to preserve and protect the historical fabric of the site and its architecture are ongoing. This effort has uncovered five skylights, a magnificent dome and many windows that were previously hidden.
Respecting and protecting the visual, physical and historical relationship of the building with the St James Trafalgar Square conservation area has been a critical component of the project. The reuse and reflection of historic building materials and detailing have helped to preserve the building’s authenticity for the future.