January 2022

Shortlisted in Barbican Centre renewal contest

FCBS are one of five collaborative design teams shortlisted in the contest to deliver a major renewal of the iconic Barbican Centre.

The Barbican Centre, a leading global arts and learning institution, is one of London’s most ambitious architectural achievements and an icon of brutalism.

The Barbican Renewal project, first announced in February last year, will preserve and respect the complex’s original architectural vision, while adapting it to respond to the creative opportunities and challenges of today.

This will include upgrading venues, bringing underused spaces back to life, and improving the welcome, wayfinding and digital technology at the site, reflecting the energy of London’s many communities and the Barbican Centre’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The five shortlisted teams will propose design options for the project, which would be deliverable within a construction cost budget of £50m to £150m.

We are working with Bureau de Change, Schulze+Grassov, and Thinc Design alongside AKT II, James Hitchmough, WJE, Max Fordham, Momentum, Nigel Dunnett, Ramboll. 

The winner is due to be announced in April.

Shortlisted in Barbican Centre renewal contest