This month the Barbican, where our offices are located, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first residents moving in.
One of post-war Britain’s most ambitious housing projects, the Barbican Estate in the City of London, an outstanding example of 1960s brutalist architecture, was built on ground devastated by World War II bombings.
Designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and heralded as being ‘a concept for bringing life back to the heart of a city’, the Estate was officially opened in July 1969 when the first tenants moved into Andrewes House. With over 2,000 flats, theBarbican became home to more than 4,000 tenants, drawing people back from the suburbs and into the City after the Blitz.
At Rooks Rider Solicitors, we look forward to engaging with our new neighbours and to contributing further articles to Barbican Life magazine.
The City of London Corporation, which owns and manages the Barbican Estate, is now developing a Culture Mile between Farringdon and Moorgate – a multi-million-pound investment which will create a new cultural and creative destination for London. This includes £192 million funding to support the Museum of London’s move to West Smithfield and £4.9 million for a detailed business case and next stage development, fundraising, and design work for the proposed Centre for Music.