The Barbican Estate, one of England’s largest listed buildings, is a vast site, containing over 2,000 homes, two schools, shops, and an arts centre containing a theatre, a concert hall, an art gallery and a library. Designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and built between 1965 and 1976, it was central to the City of London’s redevelopment following the Blitz, a vast monument to Post-War optimism and the wealth of the City. It is also one of the finest pieces of Brutalist in Britain, an unusually complete piece of masterplanning.
This tour led by members of CgMs Consulting’s Heritage Team will reveal the Barbican’s inner secrets, looking at the architect’s motivations, and answering some key questions:
- Was this site really built as social or council housing?
- Why was it built?
- Why is it so difficult to navigate?
- Why Brutalism?
- 6:15 – 6:30 Arrival
- 6.30 Start
- Five stopping points (about 10-12mins each)
- 7.30pm Finish at the Wood Street Bar and Kitchen. Light refreshments will be provided, kindly supported by CgMs
Speaker: Laurie Handcock, Associate Director, Historic Buildings, CgMs
Suggested Twitter Hashtag: #barbicanRTPI
We are grateful for CgMs for hosting this event.