Escaping Four Walls *** Getting out and about with virtual reality *** Back in the autumn months last year, I found myself curious about the virtual reality (VR) scene. While down in the depths of Continue Reading Navigating Service Charges with AI *** Delving into the Potential of AI to Tackle Service Charges Improvements in service levels have been evident since the inception of the transformation project. However, the persistent challenge lies in Continue Reading Ignored and Overlooked You must know by now that Gove has lifted the hold on London Wall West, paving the way for the controversial redevelopment to begin and disappointing those hoping for preservation. Continue Reading Asbestos and Electricity Meters I reside in one of the low-rise blocks where the post and electricity meter cupboard in the door until contains asbestos. Estate-wide, we've observed a significant and understandable increase in requests Continue Reading Happy Birthday, Charles! Ben Jonson neighbour Charles Muggleton has lived in the Barbican for the last 40+ years and was 99 years old last week.  He is also a D-Day veteran (is he Continue Reading St Giles' Book Fair Wednesday 15 May and will then continue until the end of the 4th of June. Book donations very happily received. For details of this and all cultural events, including the Summer Continue Reading INSIGHT Exhibition Review *** Janet Wells’ quarterly review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene. Barbican Art Gallery Unravel: The Power of Politics of Textiles in Art 13th Feb to 26th May Here we have over a Continue Reading Retrospective Building Consent If any renovations have been carried out in your apartment, whether by you or the previous owners, and you find yourself without the necessary official sign-off documents, don't worry; the Continue Reading I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE BLACK ELEPHANT PRODUCTIONS PRESENT I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE AT THE 38TH BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBTQIA+ FILM FESTIVAL Tickets for I Don’t Know Who You Are at BFI Flare available here. I Continue Reading St Giles' Book Fair It will also be closed all Saturday 2 March but reopen on Sunday 3 March and run until Mothering Sunday 10 March (a chance to grab a last minute gift?). Open Continue Reading Not very jingle bells, is it? Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement. Not very jingle bells, is it?  ‘The Four Last Things’ are traditional themes of Advent: Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement. The four horsemen of the apocalypse. Continue Reading 347 Crescent House Fred Rodgers highlights what can be achieved when residents get involved and stand their ground! On 2 November, several Barbican residents had the opportunity of attending a presentation at 347 Crescent Continue Reading Healthwatch Xmas Party Join Healthwatch for their Christmas Afternoon Tea Party! Friday, 8 December at 2:30pm. We know that the holiday season can be a lonely time for many of those in our community and Continue Reading Better Together Welcome to the winter issue of Barbican Life magazine. As if I don’t ram this home every issue, please do subscribe (free) to the Barbican Association (BA) Email List. GDPR dictates that Continue Reading Salvage Store Open Today 2-3.30pm South End Willoughby House Level 03 Continue Reading MY PLACE An appreciation of Barbican flat design finesse, by Paul Laugier  The Barbican represents a high watermark in public architectural design, and the resolution of an unwitting alliance of unlikely forces, namely: Continue Reading Other People's Money With dealing with inflation now the number one priority for the Bank of England Monetary Policy committee, we have seen gradual and continuingly rising interest rates since the start of Continue Reading PRE-LOVED ART FAIR 10 & 11 NOVEMBER 2023 St Giles Cripplegate Paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics from £10 to £500 If you’d like to volunteer … To help set up and display donated artworks on 10th Nov, mail Continue Reading LENS FOCUS Eniyeh Sampoh shares photographs capturing the Barbican's eclectic community and the lives of its tenants living the estate. Nicolas Franck Pauly, Barbican based designer.  His interest in Continue Reading Barbican Estate Office Review The review of the Barbican Estate Office (BEO) was set up by the City as a result of pressure from the Service Charge Working Party (SCWP) by David Lawrence, Adam Hogg Chair Continue Reading The Cobalt Building A new website for a close neighbour... Earlier this year in May, the Cobalt Building in Bridgewater Square launched its very own website - cobaltmanagementlimited.co.uk – built by local Priya Shah.   We Continue Reading A stitch in time? I write this in high summer - so of course I’m wearing a jumper and looking at the rain dance down the Rectory study window! But by the time this autumn Continue Reading Review & Reset I sincerely trust that everyone had a wonderful time at the upcoming summer celebration. As I pen this message, the event is only a few weeks away, and I'm hopeful Continue Reading Nothing ventured…… With additional rate tax now starting with earnings over £125,000, it’s more important than ever to maximise pension contributions as a way of reducing taxable income. However, once you have Continue Reading Hackney Foodbank Barbican residents supported the Hackney Foodbank at last year’s summer party and raised over £900.  Earlier this year, I went along to visit the hub of the Foodbank’s distribution network Continue Reading St Giles' Book Fair St Giles' Book Fair reconvenes this Friday and runs until Bank Holiday Monday 28 August. As ever, a wonderful array of books, CDs, DVDs, records and special editions. They'll be Continue Reading Property News Let's talk about something that's been making waves across the Barbican Estate: those pesky service charges that keep creeping up. I'm talking about those fees property owners have to pay Continue Reading Coronation Big Lunch *** The sun shone; Residents  came – what a relief! *** With  21 days to go until  the 7th May Coronation Big Lunch, a group of residents  many of whom had Continue Reading Sing Gospel with the LSO *** Sing Gospel with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican *** Join a chorus of 250 singers from our local community singing in concert on the Barbican stage on 5 Continue Reading Greenest Route In my last article for Barbican Life, I discussed how growing up in the Barbican pushed me away from city life and instead towards a greater appreciation for nature and Continue Reading
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Ignored and Overlooked

You must know by now that Gove has lifted the hold on London Wall West, paving the way for the controversial redevelopment to begin and disappointing those hoping for preservation. This comes mere weeks after the High Court deemed the UK’s net-zero strategy illegal, highlighting further breaches in local, [...]

347 Crescent House

Fred Rodgers highlights what can be achieved when residents get involved and stand their ground! On 2 November, several Barbican residents had the opportunity of attending a presentation at 347 Crescent House of the pilot scheme for refurbishment of both the glazing and ventilation. This was by Richard Partington [...]

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