The BA has recently been informed that a new planning application for the refurbishment of the site is to be submitted.
The reason for this was described as follows: ‘….Arax Properties…are proposing to submit a new planning application for the refurbishment of Alban Gate (125 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5AS). We previously consulted on proposals for the site in September 2022 and subsequently submitted a planning application, but after considering comments by the local community and City Corporation officers, a decision has been made to prepare a new application.
The proposals have now been updated to respond to the feedback from the local community and we are planning to submit a new application that addresses all the points and concerns raised. We have listened carefully to your comments and changed our proposals in line with feedback received.
Key changes made to proposals
The key changes made in response to the feedback received are set out below:
- Balconies are no longer proposed to Monkwell Square or Wood Street South.
- Changes to the podium level are reduced. There is an increased reception area, one retained retail unit and one removed retail unit which means the space for the City Walkway becomes larger.
- All escalators are now proposed to be kept and refurbished.
- Use of neon colours has been toned down to a more muted palette, with the emphasis now on reuse, by working with and adapting existing finishes.
The BA is obviously keen to see and discuss the changes that have been made but at face value they clearly sound positive.
Further information will be provided when available.