Architect: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon

Thomas More House
Barbican, London EC2


Under offer

This immaculate, one-bedroom ‘type 20′ apartment is positioned on the third floor of Thomas More House. Completed in 1973, this is the first time the apartment has been on the market. It retains many of its original features and has wonderful views over Thomas More gardens.

Internally, accommodation is configured between two balconies. The south-facing balcony runs the width of the living room and study looking out over the city. The other faces north and is accessed via the bedroom; it looks over Thomas More Gardens, the largest and most leafy of the Barbican’s communal spaces.

Most of the apartment’s original features have been lovingly preserved, including an original kitchen with linear hobs, and original switches and fittings. There is also an original bathroom and WC with Barbican sink and lights. A sliding partition can be you used to separate the study from the living quarters. Modern additions have been sensitively applied and include a beautiful set of Interlübke storage units in the hall and wardrobes in the bedroom.

Running along the south of the residents’ garden, with the eastern end abutting Mountjoy House, Thomas More has seven storeys of apartments above podium level and three below. 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. Ben Jonson House is a seven-storey terrace block on the north podium of the estate.

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 Length: approx. 87 years 
Service Charge: approx. £4,000 per annum
Ground Rent: approx. £10 per annum

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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