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Barts Square


Two contextually responsive residential buildings within Barts Square, a mixed-use quarter in an historic part of the City of London.

Barts Square

The Barts Square masterplan establishes a new urban, mixed-use quarter in the City of London’s Smithfield Conservation Area. A number of former hospital buildings on the site will be sensitively redeveloped to integrate the historic location and existing community with residential, office, and retail spaces.

In collaboration with masterplan and lead architects Sheppard Robson, Piercy&Company designed the envelopes of two major buildings; one entirely residential and the other combining residential with ground floor retail units.

Facing onto Middlesex Passage, the residential Building NBC3 steps from three to six storeys; its design referencing London’s mews houses, with a soft material palette and generous openings. Building LB123, a mix of residential and retail, faces the cloister of the Grade I listed St Bartholomew-the-Great Church. A tradition of lacemaking within the church, inspired Piercy&Company to craft, in collaboration with Grymsdyke Farm, a bespoke, white-glazed ceramic tile cast with a bas-relief lace pattern. Lining the window reveals of LB123, the tiles provide a delicate contrast to the robust handmade masonry.


Smithfield, London
Gross Floor Area:
88, 500 sq ft
Completed 2020


  • Good Neighbour Award, Housing Design Awards 2021
  • RIBA London Award 2022

Project Team

  • Sheppard Robson, Masterplan Architect
  • Maccreanor Lavington, Architect
  • Piercy&Company, Architect
  • Waterman Group, Structural Engineer
  • Grontmij, Services Engineer
  • Arcadis, Cost Consultant
  • GVA Second London Wall, Project Manager
  • Johnson Naylor, Interior Design
  • Grymsdyke Farm, Art Collaboration
  • Jack Hobhouse, Photographer (prototypes)
  • Ellen Hancock, Photographer (buildings)