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To: Catherine McGuiness 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

  • The CLSG has gradually spoiled the original open design of the Barbican landscape and we let it happen. This time we must draw a line in the sand . Further expansion must now be provided off-site. Community architecture cannot be treated in this way with no care for those who value the built environment.
  • After reading through the history of the continued expansion of the school it further strengthens my view that the current proposals are not practical or feasible without causing irreparable damage to the architectural balance of the Barbican. If the school has outgrown its current footprint it is the responsibility of the guardians to protect the existing architectural ‘masterpiece’ whilst implementing a realistic long-term plan for the CLGS.
  • Totally inappropriate development, demonstrating nil respect to its context


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