Accessibility, sustainability at forefront of Barbican redesign

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The Barbican Centre

A multi-million-pound renewal of London’s Barbican Centre will focus on creating accessible spaces and reusing existing spaces to minimise the project’s carbon footprint.

The project will preserve the building’s original architectural vision, provide new opportunities for the Barbican’s community of artists, audiences, organisers, delegates and partners, and boost the building’s accessibility and environmental performance.

Newly appointed CEO of the Barbican Centre, Claire Spencer, said: “This is a hugely exciting time to join the Barbican Centre. Equity, diversity, and inclusion will be an essential theme underpinning the design process, ensuring our building reflects the creative energy of all London’s communities, with safe, accessible, and welcoming spaces for everyone.”

Asif Khan, founder and owner of Asif Khan Studio, one of the architects appointed to the project said: “This renewal project will care for the things we all love about the place, solving parts which could have been better, but most importantly helping to open up the Barbican to London and Londoners in ways that couldn’t be imagined before. 

Simon Fraser, partner at Allies and Morrison, the other architect appointed to project added: “We are interested in the notion of ‘revealing’, of finding places of untapped potential within and around the walls of the Barbican. Not only will this approach offer substantial savings in embodied carbon, and respect the Centre’s significant heritage value, but it opens a myriad of opportunities for creative, inclusive reinvention.”

Holly Patrick
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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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