Strategic alterations to the street pattern make a permeable urban quarter that feels well-balanced, welcoming and secure in this RIBA Regional Awards winning scheme
Sheppard Robson for Helical
Contract value: Confidential
Barts Square transforms a 3.2-acre site between Smithfield and the Museum of London, with 236 homes, 237,000ft² of offices and 21,000ft² of retail set around landscaped open spaces and a pedestrianised high street. New buildings offer a contemporary reinterpretation of the existing fabric, informed by historic plot widths and the architectural qualities of retained historic structures. Strategic alterations to the street pattern make a permeable urban quarter that feels well-balanced, welcoming and secure. A collaborative approach creates natural, unforced diversity: architects Maccreanor Lavington and Piercy & Company designed two building facades, and Gross.Max delivered an appropriately restrained landscape design. From the proportions of the blocks to the deep window reveals, the evidence of care and attention to detail at every scale sets this huge project apart.