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The Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy was approved in December 2015 and it is an update of the 2008 Barbican Area Enhancement Strategy. The new strategy considers the spaces within the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates and the streets and highways surrounding them.

​The updated strategy sets out the key findings about the area, a vision for the future of the Cultural Hub and a series of overarching objectives for the district, leading to potential projects. The latter are intended to illustrate how objectives for the strategy could be delivered.

Many changes to the area are expected over the next 5-10 years including the arrival of Crossrail services at Moorgate and Farringdon in 2019 and significant development on the area's perimeter streets.

The City of London's Local Plan sets out an aspiration to develop a 'Cultural Hub' in the area. Collectively these changes provide the City of London with a unique opportunity to enhance the environment for the local community and deliver an internationally significant cultural destination.

As part of the development of the updated area strategy, the City of London undertook a two-stage consultation. The first stage ran from July to September 2014 and focused on gathering information about the area's issues and opportunities, from key stakeholders, the local community and the wider public. This produced key findings around which consultants developed the draft area strategy.

The second stage involved a consultation on the draft area strategy and ran from May to July 2015. The strategy was reviewed in light of the comments received and amendments were made accordingly.

Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy (15MB)

Barbican and Golden Lane Area Strategy Evidence Base (30MB)

Pedestrian analysis

​During the early stages of developing the Draft Strategy, information was gathered from a wide variety of sources. Pedestrian movement experts Space Syntax carried out an initial survey and analysis of how people move through the area. A version of the report is included in the Area Strategy Evidence Base above.

Interim findings

Concurrently, consultants Publica undertook a detailed spatial and contextual analysis of the Barbican and Golden Lane area. In order to gather peoples' views on the positives and negatives in the area, a consultation was carried out including 12 drop-in sessions, questionnaires sent to every residence on the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates, postcard responses and online submissions and a wide range of stakeholder consultation events.

These stakeholder events included eight themed workshops, in addition to interviews with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and interests in the area. Finally, audience surveys were carried out by the Museum of London and the Barbican Centre. Collectively a total of over 4,000 responses were received.

Vision for the Cultural Hub

Members and Chief Officers asked Publica to carry out further work to develop a vision for a Cultural Hub based on workshops with representatives from cultural institutions. A refined version is included in the Evidence Base.

Consultation analysis

This report was produced by feedback analysis consultants, Consultation Plus. It provides a summary of all responses received during consultation on the area draft and was used as primary reference for revising the draft area strategy.​

Barbican consultation July 2015 final report (1MB)


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