At the western end of the building is the Board Room which is the centrepiece of the heritage building. There is an ante room attached, described on the original drawings as the “Director’s Lunching Room” from which an internal stair leads down to a former basement kitchen and wine cellar.
The “Great and the Good”: some of the wealthiest and most influential figures in the world visited this room to agree contracts and broker deals. The Shah of Afghanistan is known to have attended a meeting here. The fireplace, wood panelling, and windows you see today are all original fittings which would have borne witness to these historic dealings. The boardroom was the nerve centre of the Offices, which were themselves at one time at the centre of the global shipbuilding industry.