Barts Square Phase 1 shortlisted for Housing Design Award

9th April 2019

The recently completed Barts Square Phase 1 - a new urban mixed-use quarter in the heart of the City of London developed for Helical - has been shortlisted in the 2019 Housing Design Awards.

Sheppard Robson are masterplanners and lead architects for the entire development and worked in collaboration with Piercy & Company who designed the envelope of one of the residential buildings, Gross Max leading the design of landscaping and public realm and interior designers Johnson Naylor.

The wider development - comprising 236 residential units, 2,787m² of retail, and 21,832m² of office space - establishes a clear identity through a sensitive, yet contemporary reinterpretation of the existing fabric, seamlessly knitting-in where required, and creating new architectural statements where appropriate. This results in a vibrant new quarter, adding to and enhancing the existing local community.

Phase 1 consists of six residential buildings providing high-quality, carefully considered homes, all of which have been designed to meet the Lifetime Homes Standards, London Housing Design Guide as well as the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.

The public realm is reanimated and transformed into a usable, pedestrian-friendly and highly legible environment, opening up historic links into soft and hard landscaped spaces, whilst retaining and recreating discrete public, semi-private and private external spaces. The masterplan includes a new publicly accessible Church Garth garden and a variety of green spaces. New routes were created to improve accessibility and flow, with Bartholomew Close - previously a disused car park - now forming a new public square as part of the new public realm.

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