Front page of the City’s original letting brochure for Andrewes House
July 1969. Andrewes House was the second Barbican block to be completed.
Andrewes House is the terrace block which runs along the south side of the lake, from the bridge across the lake to the waterfall at the far end. It sits between Gilbert House and Willoughby House. At the upper levels, living rooms overlook Fore Street, and bedrooms overlook the lake. Level 02 is actual ground level – the level of the lake and the streets (Fore Street and Wood Street).
Andrewes House is an ‘east-west’ or ‘front to back’ block which means that it runs from east to west and the flats extend the whole depth of the block from the front to the back (so residents look out of their windows north and south).
The block contains 192 flats (numbered 1-192) of 13 different types, varying from 2-room to 4-room flats. The regular flats and penthouse flats above podium level follow virtually the same layout as in the other three similar blocks: Defoe, Thomas More and Speed Houses.
The garden or sub-podium flats are a bit different. There are two storeys of flats below podium level. At each level the living rooms look out over the lake. The lower garden level flats also have their own private gardens or patios at the front adjoining Fore Street (which is screened by a high wall). This is the only block where garden flats have individual gardens.
There are four very similar terrace blocks: Andrewes House and Speed House which face each other over the lake; and Thomas More House and Defoe House, which face each other over Thomas More Garden. They each have penthouse flats at the top, ‘garden’ flats below the Podium level, and 6 floors of flats in between.
There are entrance doors at podium level on Andrewes Highwalk for each staircase. There is also access from Fore Street and Wood Street via lfit and staircase No. 49, which is next to The Wood Street Grill. Or you can reach the lifts at 03 level from the underground car park.
Lifts and staircases.
Since each flat takes up the depth of the building, there is no central corridor. Instead, there are separate staircases with lifts at intervals along the block. There are 12 staircases, numbered 38 to 49. Each staircase serves two flats on each floor.
On 03 level there is access to Andrewes Car Park, whose entrance is off Fore Street. This is a vast car park which stretches below Willoughby House, Postern, and St Giles’ Church. It is accessed by taking the lift to level 03, then walking past the stores out onto the ramp, and then down to the car park itself.
On 03 level there are tenants’ stores.