Block Management Barbican
As a specialist Block Management Company we are operating in Barbican .
History of Barbican
Barbican is situated to the east of the City of London, in the borough of Tower Hamlets. It is 3.6 miles from the centre of London. Its name originates from "barbecana", which means a Roman watchtower. This was located to the north of London's Roman fort. The Roman invasion of Britain took place in 43 AD, and they built a town thirty acres in size on modern Ludgate Hill and Cornhill, and called it Londinium. So, the land on which the Barbican Estate is built, was outside the Roman City walls. However, in 410, the Emperor Honorius withdrew the Roman army from Britain. Curiously, the invaders were farmers, not merchants; and the Roman town of Londinium became largely abandoned. Today, evidence of original Roman wall remnants can be found, and Barbican is an example.
Barbican began as a few houses in a marshy area outside the City. In 1336, King Edward III, (r. 1327-1377), rewarded one of his favourites, Robert Brandon, the earl of Suffolk, with the gift of "the manor of Base Court, in the parish of St. Giles Without Cripplegate of London, commonly called Barbican".
For most of the Middle Ages, the main industry of the Barbican was the brewing industry. The records of St. Giles' church recorded over seventy brewing establishments in Cripplegate Without. However, this area suffered from ague in winter, and fever or the Black Death, in the summer. There were no drains, sanitary was poor, and there were large heaps of dumped rubbish in the streets.
After the accession of King Henry VII, (r. 1485-1509), and the end of the Wars of the Roses, the walls of London were no longer necessary, and gradually fell into disrepair.
"Barbican" used to be the name of a street in a bustling commercial area in the ward of Cripplegate. By the end of the 19th century, in the Victorian era, Barbican was the centre of the rag trade. Others included fabric and leather merchants, furriers and glovers.
In 1865, Aldersgate Street station opened, as one of the earliest Underground stations of London. It was on the Moorgate extension from Farringdon, on the Metropolitan Line. In 1910, the station name was shortened to Aldersgate. In 1968, the station was renamed Barbican. The Underground station we know today, is on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, and Circle Lines.
In 1940, Barbican was devastated during World War II, (1939-1945). German bombers flattened the area, as fire swiftly spread across the warehouses. By 1945, only a few buildings remained, including the damaged Church of St. Giles' Cripplegate.
The Corporation of the City of London, the governing body of the City, planned to rebuild the commercial area of Cripplegate ward. In 1947, the Town and Country Planning Act enabled local authorities, such as the Corporation, to buy land in order to redevelop large areas.
The Barbican Centre was designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. In 1971, construction works commenced; and it took over a decade to build. In 1982, it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, (r. 1952-2022). She said it was "one of the wonders of the modern world". As a prominent example of British brutalist architecture, the building is Grade II listed as a whole. It remains a major landmark in terms of its scale, cohesion and ambition. Today, it is an internationally recognised venue, and one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century. The Barbican Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. In addition, there is a library, three restaurants, an artificial lake and a conservatory. The building has around 4,000 residents across 2,000 flats, maisonettes and houses; and furthermore, it has 40 storey towers.
New developments in Barbican
1newhomes have on offer Barts Square, Bartholomew Close, London, EC1. This is an exciting new development, part of the vibrant Residential Quarter. The average for a two bedroom apartment is £1,624,500. All one bedroom apartments and three bedroom apartments have sold out.
There are many buildings in this Phase 1 development, with different, unique characteristics from one another. It is secluded, away from the bustle of the main streets. Barts Square is inspired by the area's 19th century architecture. However, interiors are contemporary in design, in a warm harmonious style. For example, warm timber, polished marble and smooth stone complement each other, to create a welcoming atmosphere.
Two bedroom apartments have two bathrooms, and are light and spacious, with an open plan living/kitchen/dining room. The master bedroom has a stylish en-suite. All apartments have the benefit of a generous balcony and terrace.
The development has two landscaped gardens, one of which is in a pleasant courtyard with generous seating, and a private lounge and bar. Residents have the privilege of a private cinema, and 24 hour concierge service.
The nearest station is Barbican, Underground, 0.2 miles away. St. Paul's, Underground, is 0.3 miles away; and Farringdon, Elizabeth Line, Thameslink and Underground, is 0.4 miles away.
1newhomes also have on offer The Denizen, 43 Golden Lane, London, EC1. All one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments are sold out.
All apartments have balconies or terraces, with decking; and all have floor to ceiling windows, to allow plenty of natural light in. The hallway, kitchen/living/dining area has engineered hardwood flooring. The kitchen is built to a high specification, with integrated Siemens appliances. The bathroom or en-suite has a fixed shower and bath, with high quality porcelain floor and wall tiles.
The bedroom is carpeted, and has fitted wardrobe to the master bedroom with sliding or hinged doors, automatic lighting and bespoke drawer set.
The living area and master bedroom has comfort cooling. All apartments have underfloor heating throughout.
All residents have the benefit of concierge, residents' lounge and terrace, cinema room, games room and cycle store.
The Denizen is within easy reach of open green spaces; and restaurants, cafes and bars are a short walk away.
The nearest station is Barbican, Underground, 0.1 miles away. Farringdon, Elizabeth Line, Thameslink and Underground, is 0.5 miles away. Moorgate, Underground and National Rail, is 0.6 miles away.
What our CEO, Mary Anne Bowring, likes about Barbican
I enjoyed seeing an art exhibition at the Barbican Centre. Then it was pleasant to sit outside, and I had a good view of the artificial lake.
Things to do in Barbican
The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2, hosts a wide range of entertainment, including classical and contemporary music, theatre, film screening and art exhibitions. It has three restaurants, a library, conservatory, artificial lake and church. There are residential apartments, with 40 storeys. Overall it is an impressive, unique building.
Barbican - Cultural Scene
Cote Restaurant, Barbican, 57 Whitecross Street, City of London, EC1, is a popular restaurant. Starters include onion soup, calamari, crab maison, prawn gratinee, leek and goat's cheese tart, chicken liver pate, and warm beetroot salad. Mains include tartiflette, artichoke risotto, seared sea bream, Normandy pork belly, monkfish Normande, squash taboule, paillard salad. Cote classics include tuna nicoise, moules frites, fish parmentier, poulet grille, beef bourgignon, poulet Breton and Breton fish stew. There are an impressive of steaks, gallettes and croques, burgers and sides. Desserts include apple and blackberry crumble tart, praline crepe, creme caramel, espresso martini crepes, chocolate fondant, caramelised tarte au citron, pear and almond clafoutis, creme brulee, chocolate merveilleux, creme brulee, rum baba, truffles, ice cream and sorbet, and cheese board for two. Drinks include cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, gin & tonic, sparkling wine and champagne, white wine, red wine, rose wine, cognac and armagnac, calvados, port, dessert wine, beer, cider, hot drinks, soft drinks and cold pressed juice.
Top 3 Block Management Companies in Barbican
Ringley Group – specialising in the block management of residential flats
Frank Harris - 87 Long Lane, Barbican, London EC1A 9ET
Nicola Lee - 1B Charterhouse Square, Barbican, London EC1M 6EE
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