Proposals for London Wall West – make your views known by 31 December 2021
London Wall West is the area which currently houses Bastion House, a 1970s office building, and the Museum of London, which will be moving to Smithfield Market.
Following the decision not to proceed with the Centre for Music, the City of London Corporation has produced early proposals on how the site might be developed. These proposals can be found on the website www.londonwallwest.co.uk.
The Barbican Association (BA) has already questioned the need to demolish rather than refurbish the existing buildings; how the decision is consistent with the City’s climate action strategy ; and whether there is demand for a further large office-led development. We shall continue to make these arguments. However we are where, we are. It is vital that residents comment on the proposals at this stage as we seek to make changes before they go before the Planning Committee in Spring 2022.
The BA is strongly opposed to the excessive height and scale of the three new buildings. Building 1 on the Bastion House site would, at 17 floors, be three floors higher than the existing building with a much larger footprint. Building 2 on the rotunda, at 14 floors, would be more than double the height of buildings on Aldersgate Street to the immediate south. We estimate that the square footage of the new buildings is at least four times larger than the existing ones, all designated for office use. The arguments we urge residents to consider when responding are:
The proposals pay scant regard to the nature of the Barbican Estate and its residential community, including other residents in the immediate vicinity.
The proposed buildings are significantly larger in height and scale than both the existing buildings and also those towards St. Martins-Le-Grand. They appear to project further to the north and south of the existing Bastion House, negatively affecting Monkwell Square, the existing public gardens and the historic London Wall.
The proposals are at odds with the conservation area status and open spaces, heritage, and architecture of the Barbican. In particular, the new buildings will completely fill the view north from St. Martins-Le-Grand blocking current views of a Barbican Tower against the skyline.
They will detrimentally affect access to day- and sun-light of those living nearby and add significantly to light pollution.
The public realm and community aspects of the proposals raise issues of footfall , noise, security, maintenance, and existing access by vehicles. We are concerned that the lives of residents throughout the Estate could be severely affected.
Remember the consultation closes on 31 December 2021