This space will be let to a high profile, design-led architecture practice with a specialism in cultural and public projects, primarily in the performing arts sector. The firm proposes to open up the space as a single volume, removing the mezzanine level and sensitively remodelling the double height space. Having undertaken a number of renovation and restoration projects within the Barbican Estate, the firm understands the particularities and constraints of working with listed buildings.
Since November 2020 the RCC’s Service Charge working party has been working with officers on a more detailed review of the costs paid by leaseholders. The group is seeking to understand the reasons behind the year-on-year service charge increases and collectively look to find palatable ways to achieve reductions, working with residents, and maintaining service levels. To achieve this objective the group has embarked on a detailed line-by-line examination of the Service Charges. This work has started on ‘Supervision and Management’ and will proceed to other areas.
As occupancy of the Barbican’s residential car parks fell by nine percent last year, to 568 parking bays compared with 863 bays in 2006, the cost of parking will remain unchanged at £1,420. Turning to the installation of the second phase of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points in the remaining Barbican Estate Car Parks, it is proposed that EV users will be charged directly with no intermediation or add-ons by the Barbican Estate Office. The Barbican Residential Committee approved that EV users will be directly billed by BP Chargemaster at 16p/kWh with an additional payment of 35p for each hook-up.
Podium waterproofing will be a multi-year project that will roll-out across the Estate as follows. 1: Ben Jonson/Breton/Cromwell Highwalk; 2: Thomas More/Mountjoy/Seddon/John Wesley Highwalk; 3: Speed Highwalk; 4: St Giles Terrace; 5: Willoughby Highwalk; 6: Andrewes Highwalk; 7: Defoe Place; 8: The Postern/Wallside; 9: Lauderdale Place; 10: Cromwell Place. At this stage only priority zone 1 Ben Jonson/Breton/Cromwell Highwalk is being progressed.
The second phase of the podium waterproofing, tile replacement and landscaping project will cover the area from Bryer Court to the steps down to Speed House. It is a non-service chargeable, multi-million pound project that includes the removal of the ‘yellow link building’ on Ben Jonson Highwalk. The team is currently preparing a planning application, an application for Listed Building Consent, and undertaking extensive surveys and site investigations. Initial meetings with residents’ representatives have taken place.
After the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, the government established a programme to ensure the fire safety of residents in high-rise buildings. As part of this programme, the External Wall Fire Review process confirms that the external wall system (typically insulation, filler materials and cladding) of residential buildings has been assessed for safety by a suitable expert. Lenders may refuse a mortgage application where an EWS1 Form cannot be produced. EWS1 forms have been completed for Andrewes, Breton, Defoe and Gilbert Houses, and forms for all City of London buildings including the Barbican are expected to be completed this year.
One of the key findings of the Barbican Residential Estate’s (BRE) last fire risk assessment was the need to need to update our fire safety signage. When new signage was introduced, concerns raised by residents led to the programme being suspended. Subsequently, rePurpose Architects were appointed to produce a bespoke Fire Strategy for the BRE. This is nearing completion and, once finalised, will be submitted to the London Fire Brigade for review and approval. It will also be shared and discussed with residents prior to implementation.
The next step is a full survey of the Estate to establish the exact number of doors in scope. Replacing the doors will be a complex project and, due to the Estate’s Listed Building status the design of replacement doors will be subject to consultation with residents. This project is a Landlord’s expense and is estimated to take two to three years.