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Sheppard Robson wins go-ahead for £180m Barts Square scheme

Planning permission has been granted for Sheppard Robson’s £180 million mixed-use Barts Square development in central London

The scheme for developer Helical Bar, which bought the land with its joint venture partners for £55 million in February 2011, lies on the border of Farringdon and Aldersgate, between Smithfield and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The project will feature 21,000m² of offices, 18,800m² of housing and 2,300m² of shops and restaurants.

The buildings on the plot are currently let to the NHS but will become vacant on a phased basis over the course of the next two to four years. Construction work is set to start in late 2014.

A spokesman for the City of London said the scheme had been approved ‘subject to conditions which are being approved by our legal teams’.

A planning application for the site was submitted in February this year.

Gerald Kaye, development director at Helical Bar said: ‘The outcome of the Committee’s decision reinforces the clear need and support for redevelopment in this area. Our focus will now be to further progress the design to deliver the sympathetic and considered scheme that the area deserves.’

The nearby Farringdon Crossrail station is due to open in 2019.


The team:

  • Development manager – Helical Bar
  • Project Manager – GVA Second London Wall
  • Architect – Sheppard Robson
  • Landscape Architect – Gross Max
  • Quantity Surveyor – EC Harris
  • Structural Engineer – Waterman
  • Services Engineer – Grontmij
  • Planning Consultant – DP9
  • Highways and Transport – Buro Happold
  • Heritage consultant – Heritage Collective
  • Townscape consultant – Tavernor Consultancy
  • Archaeological consultant – CgMS


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