Architect: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

Speed House
Barbican, London EC2



Offered for sale with many of its original features intact, this highly sought-after Type 20 Barbican apartment is located on the second floor of Speed House.

The flat has a double bedroom with original built-in cupboard and access to a fire escape / balcony. The bathroom is original, with freshly grouted tiles and a separate WC with Barbican sink. The kitchen retains its original units, but has been updated to incorporate modern appliances. It is partly open-plan to the wonderful L-shaped reception room / dining room, which has triple-width, full-height sliding doors to a balcony / fire escape with glorious south-facing views over the gardens. The key feature of the Type 20 is the sliding door in the reception room that can be pulled across to create a separate study or guest sleeping area.

The Barbican Estate is the finest achievement of the architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. It was Grade II-listed in 2001 in recognition of its extraordinary contribution to London’s urban landscape. All residents have access to communal gardens throughout the development. Speed House is a low-rise block located on the eastern side of the estate, parallel to Silk Street. It forms the northern boundary to Speed Garden, which has its own playground, and is positioned between Willoughby House and the Guildhall School of Music. Completed in 1969, Speed House was the first terrace block to be erected at the Barbican.

The Underground stations of Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) and Moorgate (Northern, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines) are both within easy reach. Moorgate also offers National Rail services. The flat is well positioned for access to the Barbican Arts Centre, Smithfield Market, and the bars and restaurants of Clerkenwell. There is a Waitrose supermarket on Whitecross Street, and One New Change is just a short walk away, with cafés, restaurants and flagship fashion stores.

Tenure: Leasehold
Lease: 125 years from 1981 (approximately 93 years remaining)

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

The practice was founded in 1952 by Geoffry Powell (1920-1999), Peter Chamberlin (1919-1978) and Christoph Bon (1921-1999), following Powell’s win in the 1951 architectural competition for the Golden Lane Estate in central London. The three founding partners were teaching at Kingston Polytechnic when they each entered the design competition with the agreement that, should any of them win, they would form a partnership with the other two to deliver the project. After completion of the Golden Lane Estate, the practice was commissioned again by the Corporation of the City of London to design another housing development on an adjacent site: the Barbican Estate. The work of Chamberlin, Powell & Bon was strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, and their two seminal estates are listed in recognition of their architectural importance.


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