Leathersellers’ 7th heaven


The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers’ is one of the City’s oldest and most respected Livery Companies. Nestled in the shadow of the defiantly modern Gherkin, by contrast St Helen’s Place is home to centuries of tradition, hosting social and ceremonial activities, Court meetings and dinners.

Working with Brookfield Multiplex and Eric Parry Architects, Brown & Carroll have had the rare privilege of completing an extensive redevelopment of the Leathersellers’ headquarters, the 7th incarnation of the Hall in its 560 year history.

One of the most complex and stunning projects that we will ever work on, like the venue itself, the logistics were on a grand scale. Featuring a total of 470 drawings divided into 24 different groups, numerous specialist techniques were required to create the lavish decorative features.

In many rooms we provided finishes to all surfaces, from floor to ceiling and everything in-between, including high gloss lacquers, cast iron, vitreous enamelled steel, leather and horsehair to name but a few.

Wall to wall joinery on 7m high elevations, meant that simply sourcing 2000m2 of quality walnut veneer, plus 35m3 of solid walnut was a challenge, not to mention incorporating the mechanical & electrical services and achieving the acoustic and fire requirements whilst maintaining the intricate design.

The end product demanded exceptional quality and traditional craftsmanship, combined with 21st century expertise, and has been highly complimented by the architects and client alike.