Barbican Centre approved for $31 million upgrade
The City of London Corporation has approved $31 million in funding to start the first phase of the Barbican Renewal Program, which will reinvigorate the internationally renowned arts and conference venue.
The Renewal Program will transform underused spaces in the center for new creative use, while also investing in its existing venues and public spaces and improving the welcome, wayfinding and technical capabilities at the site.
The approval of program funding comes after the City Corporation launched its Destination City program to build a seven-day-a-week leisure destination for UK and international visitors, workers and residents.
Recognized globally as an icon of Brutalist style, the Barbican Centre is one of the UK’s greatest post-war buildings, attracting almost two million visitors annually. It showcases performers and artists in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts and cinema, as well as supporting emerging talent, shaping opportunities that will accelerate the next generation of creatives.
Major improvements will be made to the building’s environmental performance under the City Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy, which commits it to achieving net zero carbon status in its own operations by 2027.
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