Crosswater at Blake Tower


Blake Tower, the fourth high-rise that completes the famous Barbican Estate is to be transformed into a collection of desirable modern homes in the heart of the City. Residents will have the rare opportunity to live in a home that is a much loved symbol of British architectural history.

This fourth residential tower of the Barbican Estate was formerly a YMCA hostel built in the 1960s by internationally renowned architects Chamberlain, Powell and Bon. The building has been a powerful and prominent example of British Brutalist architecture for almost half a century and will be sensitively restored, breathing new life into the concrete walls of this striking Grade II listed building.

The interiors have been conceived by architecture and interior design studio Conran and Partners. Simon Kincaid, Project Director at Conran and Partners, comments: “We have been inspired by the historical, architectural and cultural characteristics of the Barbican to create a fresh, exciting and crafted design; a collection of apartments which have ‘A Modern Heritage’.

“We celebrate and reveal the buildings iconic hammered concrete finish in a controlled manner giving the apartments authenticity and character.


Crosswater is collaborating with design studio, Conran and Partners to design bespoke brassware solutions for the famous brutalist landmark. Beautiful brassware has been chosen from the vast Mike Pro range, including sleek tap spouts and showerheads in a bespoke brass finish.

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Whilst also benefitting from WRAS compliance, ensuring a speedy sign off by the water undertaker, the refined brassware is perfect for providing a 21st century update throughout the Barbican estate.

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Photograph Credits Redrow London © 2015

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About Alys Bryan

Alys' experience as a furniture designer, along with her in-depth marketing knowledge, makes her uniquely placed to work with the BCFA as the Editor of Design Insider and run her marketing business, Method Communications.
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