Our Concrete Utopia – Revisited

It is always interesting to see how the Barbican is viewed by outsiders in terms of both architecture and as a living space.  The following article was first published in the September 2016 edition of N for Norwegian, the in flight magazine for Norwegian Air Shuttle.  With the 50th Anniversary of the first residents moving into the estate it is worth revisiting this view of how an outsider views the finished product. A maze of 21 residential blocks and a world-renowned Arts Centre, London’s Barbican was designed as a radical solution to urban living – but only now, 50 years after building … [Read more...]

Flatwatch Christmas – Prices in a bubble – perhaps not!

By all accounts the sales market for Barbican and local area properties has been strong through the third quarter, although may now be beginning to slow down ahead of Christmas. However the price improvement may not be affecting all sizes of property equally.  The changes to stamp duty earlier in the year have particularly impacted the high end plus £1.5 million properties – which thus includes virtually all the higher up tower block flats and other larger units such as Lambert Jones Mews, Wallside and The Postern.  Indeed it may even put a cap on the pricing of some of the best two-beds on … [Read more...]