A Landmark in The
Photo: Mondial House ©
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A Detailed History |
Miscellaneous | Acknowledgements |
Once upon a time, Mondial House was Europe's largest international
In the late Seventies (circa 1978) De Havilland and Mollison
International Switching Centres at Stag Lane were already carrying the
growth in ISD traffic and Mondial House was only just nearing completion
along the banks of the River Thames.
A Detailed History
Mondial House was an ambitious building project both in
terms of size and complexity. It was originally conceived as
a 15-20 storey tower block and podium, but as with most of
the riverside sites in Central London, the final design had
to ensure that views of St. Paul's Cathedral remained
unobstructed. The end result was a ziggurat (step-back)
design of 12 storeys-the 8 above ground reaching a height of
46 metres. Planned in 1970, the structure was a typical
'21st century' design of concrete and white plastic cladding
which quite effectively concealed a densely packed area of
57,000 square metres on a 1.1 hectare site.
Click on the photo for a detailed history of the landmark.
Photo: Mondial House circa 1986 © M.Chenery
The building had to be viewed from a distance (the opposite bank of the
Thames or from the air) in order to realise its sheer scale and
character. At close range, there was not much fine detail, simply a
towering bulk of solid mass.
- POEU March 1970: The building will be called Mondial House
("mondial": world-wide). The building will incorporate a riverside
promenade, public walkways at first floor level and a fire station
[Dowgate] fronting on to Upper Thames Street to meet the
requirements of the Greater London Council and the City of London.
- The gleaming white external Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
cladding was designed by Peter Hodge Associates.
- The name Mondial House was finally confirmed following a 'competition'
(1976) for suggestions among External Telecommunications Executive
(ETE) HQ staff.
- Mondial House ISC opened in 1978.
- Mondial's International Control Centre was officially opened on
3rd May 1984 by Lady Jefferson. [At the time, Sir George Jefferson
was chairman of British Telecom].
- In the 2005 financial year, BT successfully disposed of Mondial
House for £51 million [source BT Annual Report 2005].
- 18th January 2006: "UBS was granted permission to demolish
Mondial House, a former BT telephone exchange next to Cannon Street
station, to make way for a 545,000 sq ft office and shopping
project, to be named Watermark Place." [Source
] The name of 'One Angel Lane' was later adopted, as the European HQ
Mondial House was at 90-94 Upper Thames Street, London, EC4R 3UB.
BTI Brochure-Designed by Terence Kingston Project Design London, Printed
in England by Gavin Martin Ltd. December BTI PR 286 British
Post Office Telecommunications Journals Spring 1978.
POEEJ January 1978 - The TXK2 Switching System and Peripheral Equipment
at Mondial International Telephone Services Centre by D.C. Modi and K.W.
With thanks to Mark Rippingale, Adrian Russell, Peter Walker and John
Burt, Leon Baird, Kim Laughton, Tali Febland, Frances Smith and contributors.
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