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Barbican and Golden Lane

Area Strategy and Vision for the City of London Cultural Hub

Barbican and Golden Lane

Area Strategy and Vision for the City of London Cultural Hub

The Barbican and Golden Lane area is a singular and extraordinary urban mix. Located in the north-west of the City of London, internationally renowned residential estates and world-class cultural institutions are set within Europe’s leading financial centre.

Publica was commissioned by the City of London to develop a public realm strategy for the Barbican and Golden Lane area, alongside a complimentary future vision for the City of London cultural hub. Developed through a year-long process, the strategy sets out recommendations and projects for improvements to the district’s streets and spaces. It responds to upcoming changes that will affect how the area functions, as well as the needs of its many user groups. Undertaken concurrently, the cultural vision sets out the collective aspirations for the district’s future as a key cultural destination, expressed by the City of London, its cultural stakeholders and institutions.

The strategy's proposals focus on issues identified as problematic for the area: improving wayfinding for all users; enhancing the presence of cultural institutions within the district; and ensuring the best possible integration of upcoming transformational changes such as the arrival of Crossrail at Moorgate and Farringdon in 2018. Recommendations seek to retain and enhance the area’s special and distinctive character, ensuring that the quality of the district's streets, spaces and public realm matches that of its world-class architecture, heritage and facilities.

The strategy and vision are supported by a comprehensive evidence base report, which consolidates the detailed information, research and analysis from which findings and proposals were formulated. It comprises the outcomes from a detailed spatial and contextual study of the Barbican and Golden Lane area, alongside the extensive engagement and consultation processes that underpinned the strategy's development.

Described by Museum of London Director Sharon Ament as “one of the most complex pieces of place-making in 2014 –15”, the Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy was awarded a Commendation in the Masterplans & Area Strategies category at the New London Architecture Awards 2015.

Following consultation on the draft strategy in summer 2015, the Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy was adopted as City of London policy on 3 December 2015.

Copies of the strategy report and evidence base are available on the City of London website. 

  • Title: Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy and Vision for the City of London Cultural Hub
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Year: 2013–2015
  • Client: City of London