NEW EVENT: Every Englishman’s Home is his Castle: A Tour of the Barbican Estate

UntitledThursday 12th September 2013, 6:30pm @ Entrance to the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

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
  • Introduction
  • 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, CgMsCgMs Logo HiRes

Suggested Twitter Hashtag: #barbicanRTPI

Booking: Please book via EventBrite. This is a free event! Download the Flyer

We are grateful for CgMs for hosting this event.

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One Response to NEW EVENT: Every Englishman’s Home is his Castle: A Tour of the Barbican Estate

  1. Can’t believe this great event has already sold out! Glad I got a space.

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