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.
With the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the decision has been taken to mail all the membership cards out to everyone. In recent years we’ve delivered them all ourselves, but this year, for the safety of the deliverers, we’re just going to stick stamps to on the whole lot and post them out.
I’ve just posted Andrews House’s membership cards so, if you live in Andrews House you should be getting them on Monday or Tuesday. We’ll be doing the rest of the cards over the weekend, and into early next week, so you should be getting yours soon.
I have no idea if there is any way that you can redeem any discounts from anywhere. However, when the lockdown is over, please go out and fill you boots at all the local conveyances, discounts or no. I expect that they’ll sorely need our money to stay afloat, so you can go out spending, knowing that you’re also doing your bit to protect the future viability of local businesses.
This booklet, produced by Haringey Council contains 10 strength building exercises, which can be done in small spaces at home, so ideal for anyone who’s struggling to get enough activity into their days at the moment.
The good people of the Barbican Estate have been very, very busy setting up a Mutual Assistance support network. Neighbours in each block have shared contact numbers and leafleted to reach out to those self-isolating and there is also a central volunteer phone you can call for help if you can’t reach your neighbours:
Volunteer Phone – 07376 068137
Barbican Estate Office Bulletin
The Barbican Estate Office send out a weekly email bulletin and recently have been sending out more frequent messages with updates related to the Coronavirus outbreak. If you’re not already signed up to receive this emails you can do so here.
The BA issued the following statement in response to the City of London School for Girls announcing that it has decided not to take its expansion plan forward in its current form.
“The Barbican Association welcomes the decision by the governors of the City of London School for Girls to drop the current plans for the school’s expansion. The proposed development, the length of a football pitch, would have represented an extraordinarily large intrusion into the unique, grade II* listed landscape of the Barbican Estate and the governors appear to have recognised that it was unlikely to be granted planning permission or listed building consent in the face of determined opposition by residents and others who care about the estate and its architecture.
“We note that the school’s statement says “the need for an expansion remains”. The school has already expanded several times on its present site and we do not believe it can expand any further within the Barbican Estate without doing irreparable damage to its environment. The school has clearly outgrown its present location and while we would be very happy to see the existing school remaining as part of the Barbican community, we believe that any further expansion must necessarily take place in an alternative location.We believe there are opportunities for expansion very close to the estate.
In the event that any changes within the estate are proposed, we hope to see the school and the City working with residents and their representatives in a more open and collaborative way.”
The City has now posted on the Barbican Estate part of its website the reports of fire risk assessments for each block that were done before the Grenfell Tower fire and they have commissioned further assessments. This is a Residents Consultation Committee matter and I’m sure it will be discussed at its next meeting in September.
At the AGM, we welcomed three new elected members to the Barbican Association – David Kirkby, Christopher Makin, and Mark Mallindine – but were subsequently sad to lose the services of Robert Barker as honorary secretary and Tim Macer as deputy chair. Continue reading →
There have been developments on the Cultural Hub and work done on Barbican and Golden Lane strategy. The Cultural Hub is launched, named and defined geographically and by reference to ambitions, with indicators, signage and artwork in Smithfield Rotunda and Silk Street. Continue reading →