Facade Design
Client: Sheppard Robson
Phase: under construction

Barts Square is a proposed new urban quarter encompassing the redevelopment of a range of former hospital buildings on Little Britain and Bartholomew Close by developers Helical Bar. The mixed–use scheme has been designed by Sheppard Robson Architects with Maccreanor Lavington and Piercy and Co designing the facades of four buildings (BC1 by Maccreanor Lavington and LB1-3, NBC3, BC7 by Piercy and Co).

The proposal aims to create elevations for building BC1 that seek to respond specifically to the individual and contrasting urban conditions that characterise two sides of the site. Bartholomew Close and the Church Garth. The building contains residential units above a restaurant on the ground floor.

The south-east ‘face’ of the building, looking onto Bartholomew Close, provides a civic facade that addresses the more orderly fronts and the lighter stone and brick material qualities of the historic neighbouring buildings. This is intended to help formally complete and enclose the space of the Close.

The north-west ‘face’ looking onto the Church Garth makes a calm, more muted response to the adjacent church and cloister. The use of darker materials with lighter stone detailing reflects the palette of the existing space.

A new pedestrian passage is also proposed, connecting the two spaces of Bartholomew Close and the Church Garth.

The overall project consists of 17 buildings providing 215 residential apartments, 230,000ft2 net of Grade A office space and circa 25,000ft2 of retail and café/restaurant use.