Welcome to the Barbican Association

The Barbican Association was founded in 1969 as the residents’ association for the Barbican Estate which comprises approximately 2,000 homes. About 60% of residents are members. Its work is managed by volunteers through the Association’s General Council which consists of 9 elected members and one representative from each affiliated House Group.


As the recognized tenants’ association we seek to represent residents’ views to the freeholder and manager of the Estate, the City of London. There are sub-committees covering specific areas such as planning, communications and security. The Association produces two quarterly publications, the BA Newsletter and Barbican Life, both of which are delivered free of charge across the Estate.

There are many great reasons to be a member of the Barbican Association. Membership provides access to an exclusive discount scheme at local restaurants and service providers. To find out more on how to become a member, visit the Membership section of our site.

Latest Updates:

Disenfranchisement of City Residents

In April 2019 a petition, signed by over 1100 City residents, went before the Court of Common Council, expressing lack of confidence in the City’s Standards regime.

Since then not much has improved. The chair of the Standards Committee thinks that residents are confused about the issue and applications for dispensations continue to be turned down.

Read the latest at our page on the Standards Regime. The most recent posting is correspondence between the chair of the BA and the chair of the Standards Commitee about an election in the Aldersgate ward in late October 2019. There is also an account of the October meeting of the Standards Committee, at which the committee did have an opportunity to radically revise its policy to allow applications for general dispensations. Sadly, it did not take this opportunity: it was split on the issue and will revisit it again at its meeting on 24 January. An account appears on the Standards Regime page. In the meantime the committee continues to turn down applications for general dispensations.


2019: Recent consultations on Transport Strategy and the Draft Local Plan

The BA has responded to the City’s Transport Strategy, a consultation on how decisions on spending the neighbourhood fund element of the Community Infrastructure Levy should be made, and on the City’s Draft Local Plan for 2036. The Local Plan is particularly important because it will set the planning regime for the next decade or so. Once it is published in the autumn it has to go to a planning inspector, so there are more opportunities to make representations then. More information on these policies is available on the City’s website

Local Plan_BA response

Transport strategy response from Barbican Association

Community Infrastructure Levy consultation

Air Quality Strategy 2019 Barbican Association response

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