Winning design team to lead Barbican Center renewal revealed


A collaborative design team led by architects Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio, have been selected to deliver a multi-million pound renewal of the Barbican Centre.

The project aims to provide new opportunities for the community of artists, audiences, organizers, delegates and partners of the Barbican, as well as to strengthen the accessibility and environmental performance of the building.

Project vision

The winning team, chosen from a shortlist of five teams, also includes engineering and sustainability consultancy, Buro Happold; heritage experts from Alan Baxter Ltd; theatre, acoustic and digital consulting, Charcoalblue; landscape architects, Hood Design Studio, lighting design agency, scouts, and artistic advisors Isaac Julien and Nadia Fall.

The team have experience in major cultural and heritage projects and have completed projects for organizations including Tate Britain, V&A, Royal Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, Oakland and the Museum of California.

Their vision is driven by sustainability, with a focus on reusing and modernizing existing spaces to minimize the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the project. This approach aims to make lasting improvements that will retain the Barbican’s Grade II listed architecture, while transforming underused spaces into creative new use.

Commenting on the news, Jackie Boughton, Business Events Manager, Barbican, said: ‘As a world-renowned center for the arts and learning as well as a venue for conferences, meetings and events, the Barbican must continually evolve. and develop its offer to remain adapted to the needs of organizers and delegates. “

“The renewal project is an incredibly exciting opportunity which will see the site realize its full potential for years to come and the trade events team are eager to share the progress of the multi-million pound renewal.”

Next steps

The vision of the winning design team will now be refined and developed, including extensive engagement with Barbican stakeholders. Several design options will be created for the project, which will be deliverable within a construction budget of £50-150 million.

The project budget is subject to the approval of the elected members of the municipality.

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