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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

  • It is vitally important to preserve architecture like the Barbican Estate, a monumental building and a superb example of mid 20th century thinking, a building about it's time and also looking to the future, give me stylish and well designed brutalism any day.
  • I realise that changes and developments have to occur in a modern city environment, but they should be part of a long term plan and proportionate to the needs of all the users of the Barbican, not just one institution.
  • It is important to protect the setting and significance of our important historic buildings. These proposals threaten further encroachment upon this landmark development and can only but serve to weaken its significance.


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