The John Wesley Turret, Barbican, The Barbican Estate

  • Private Houses
  • W Head & M Christiansen
  • £1m
  • 2013

Having discussed options to retrofit a number of empty spaces across the Barbican with the Corporation of London estates officers, the team progressed one option to planning stage. The John Wesley Turret is sited midway along Aldersgate Street and a few hundred meters north of the Museum of London. Architect Wayne Head won a planning Appeal to the convert the turret – also known as the Aldersgate turret Grade II-Listed, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon-designed Brutalist development.
The three-storey-high turret sits on the south-west side of the Barbican Arts Centre, which opened in 1982, and features tripartite arched windows, a pyramidal roof and concrete floor slabs. Proposals for the two-bedroom flat include the insertion of windows, a mezzanine floor, and an external stairwell and entrance hall.