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To: Catherine McGuinness Chair, Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London

Save the Barbican Estate from harmful redevelopment

Save the Barbican Estate from harmful redevelopment

For the City to urgently re-consider its proposals for the latest expansion of the City of London School for Girls and instead develop a long-term plan to allow the school to grow in a way that does not cause significant harm to the architectural heritage of the Grade II listed Barbican and its unique Grade II* listed grounds.

Why is this important?

The Barbican, described by Queen Elizabeth as "one of the modern wonders of the world" is an internationally famous icon of the Brutalist architectural style and a utopian ideal for city living.

The City of London School for Girls has expanded piecemeal over the last 50 years, each time encroaching on the grounds and architectural features of the Estate, compromising the vision of the architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. These latest proposals, if approved, would inflict major harm on this global cultural asset, by obscuring the double-height piloti, adding large new structures which will be visible across the Estate and removing a stunning Grade II* listed vista in the Estate’s 50th year.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London

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Reasons for signing

  • I love The Barbican. It has been my home for 36 years. I would be devastated if,, the architectural heritage of the Grade II listed Barbican and its unique Grade II listed grounds, are altered because the City of London School for Girls choose's to expand their premises We were not allowed to alter certain features within our own homes because the buildings are listed buildings, so how can CLSG have their proposals passed!
  • Private schools getting their way once again
  • There is a reason as to why everything in the Barbican is designed as it is; it is not there to be ruined or destroyed. It is an architectural masterpiece and there needs to be assurance that it will not change any more than it had pre-listing. To remove parts of the core design of the estate is just absolutely ludicrous and unthinkable.

Updates

2019-06-20 18:01:30 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-17 12:06:50 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-06-13 16:14:12 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-06-13 11:29:27 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-06-12 09:32:08 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-06-11 10:26:06 +0100

10 signatures reached