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United House Developments redefines the heart of the Barbican

United House Developments redefines the heart of the Barbican


Niche luxury developer United House Developments is offering the opportunity to buy into an architectural icon with its latest project – highly stylised new apartments in the fashionable Barbican in the City of London.

With stunning views across the London skyline, the seventh, eighth and ninth floors of Frobisher Crescent, the former home of the City University Business School, have been converted into 69 studio, one, two and three bed apartments. The former office space has been redesigned by TP Bennett Architects, with a contemporary twist to the award-winning 1960s architecture of the Grade II listed building. Frobisher Crescent forms part of the Barbican Arts and Conference Centre, which lies at the heart of the Barbican estate.

The launch of Frobisher Crescent will be the first major opportunity since 1982, when the City of London offered homes for sale, to buy a new, highly individual home in the Square Mile’s most coveted and internationally renowned development, home to City lawyers, bankers and media personalities.

Complementing the renovation of the existing design features, the apartments will offer contemporary yet retro interiors, with sleek white lacquered kitchens, oak floors, bespoke retro bathrooms with oversized tiles, chrome light fittings, ceilings with ‘shadow gaps’ and cabling for digital home systems.

The apartments on the top floor have the distinctive ‘barrel’ arched roof synonymous with the Barbican, creating an extra mezzanine level. All apartments have private balcony space, which runs along the entire length of the building with the two end apartments on each level benefitting from wrap-around terraces. With a lake and fountains, green squares and no vehicle access, the Barbican is an oasis of calm in the heart of the City.

The Barbican development was designed by architects Chamberlain, Powell and Bon in a Brutalist style, influenced by the work of architect Le Corbusier. It comprises a complex multi-level layout with numerous entrances to the arts complex and stepped residential towers. In 2001 it was announced that the Barbican complex was to be a Grade II listed building and was designated a site of special architectural interest in recognition of the scale, cohesion and the ambition of the project.

When Frobisher Crescent was originally designed, the intended use of the higher levels was for residential apartments. However, this initial idea was never implemented and instead the entire nine floor block was used as office and educational space. Demand for commercial and residential space has since changed, and following a competitive tendering process, United House Developments began works onsite in August 2008.

Antony Crovella, sales and marketing manager of United House Developments, said: “Frobisher Crescent is one of those very rare opportunities to buy a unique and iconic property. The City of London and the Barbican in particular is a hugely desirable place to live, more so now than ever, and we are sure that the care and attention to detail to ensure the original features of the architecture and design were retained will give the development even more appeal. Because it is a listed building, we have replicated the main design principles in the Barbican. Any aspect of the original building, such as the timber window screens, for example, have been copied and reinstated as an exact match.”

Prices start from £380,000 for the studio apartments up to £1.87 million for a three-bedroom duplex on the top floor, with wrap-around terrace and barrel-vaulted triple height ceilings.

For further sales information, please contact agents Chesterton on 020 7288 0330 or Hamilton Brooks on 020 7606 8000 or visit