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- Lloyd’s of London is reportedly seeking an injunction to prevent people climbing its City of London headquarters.
- The Financial Times reports that court papers filed by the world’s oldest insurance market claim climbers are putting themselves, others, and the building “at risk of significant harm and damage.”
- The Lloyd’s building has become a hotspot for urban climbers in recent years thanks to its design, which makes it relatively easy to scale.
- Many climbers post videos and images on social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram.
LONDON – Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, has a problem with people climbing its iconic City of London headquarters.
The 330-year old business is seeking an injunction to ban people from climbing the building, according to a report from the Financial Times, which cites court documents published online but since removed.
“Trespassers necessarily put themselves and others, and the Lloyd’s building itself, at risk of significant harm and damage,” the papers reportedly said.
“The increase in frequency of trespassers not only increases the risk of injury, but also poses a threat to the security of Lloyd’s inasmuch as the global broadcasting of these incidents openly provides information about access points to future trespassers as well as future trespassers with malicious intent,” they reportedly continued.
So-called urban climbing, which includes scaling major landmarks and skyscrapers – often while recording the climb on a GoPro camera – has increased in popularity rapidly in recent years.
Lloyd’s is favoured by climbers thanks to its design, which places all of its internal infrastructure – water pipes, lift shafts, staircases etc – on the exterior of the building. The building’s architect, Richard Rogers, favoured such a style to try and maximise interior space.
Rogers, however, has inadvertently made the Lloyd’s building much easier to scale than your average landmark.
YouTube and Instagram are filled with videos of urban daredevils climbing everything from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, all the way to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
A quick search on Monday morning revealed numerous videos on YouTube of climbers ascending the Lloyd’s building, with the most recent published around five months ago.
The most viewed publicly available video has 33,000 views and can be seen below:
Another video shows a man climbing the building under the cover of darkness, before descending early in the morning. The screenshots below show the man sitting on the building’s roof, as well as climbing down one of its exterior staircases, revealing how easy scaling it is compared to most landmarks.
The FT said that Lloyds has already taken action against some urban climbers it has caught scaling its HQ, gaining “signed assurances from eight of them that they will not climb the building or encourage others to do so.”
Business Insider has reached out to Lloyd’s of London for comment, and will update this story when we hear back.