Barbican
Location: City of London
Date: 2012 - 2014
Client: City of London Corporation
The Barbican Estate is a mixed use development constructed between 1963 and 1982 by the City of London Corporation, designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. It includes two schools, a theatre and more than 2,000 flats.

J & L Gibbons along with Avanti Architects were commissioned by City of London Corporation to produce Volume 4 of the Management Guidelines suite of documents. The document identifies the special interest of the Landscape elements of the Barbican and provides advice on managing change across the open spaces of the estate.
The document is in three parts:
Part I addresses the obligations arising from designation and is intended to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.
Part II deals with good practice in matters of ongoing maintenance and management and is intended to be updated with new results from practice as and when required.
Part III addresses the specific subject of planting and soft works, and is also intended as a dynamic and advisory document which may be updated as and when appropriate.

As management of the various elements of the estate landscape is key to the implementation of a holistic future vision, a further section describing the existing framework is included for information and review. This reveals both the relative complexity of current systems and the need for effective coordination.
Credits:
Architect: Avanti Architects
Soil consultant: Tim O'Hare Associates

Photography: © J & L Gibbons