Brandon Mews

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The front cover of the City’s letting brochure for Brandon Mews when the estate was built

Building completed

November 1969.

Location

Brandon Mews runs roughly from Speed House to Andrewes House. It forms the east side of Speed Gardens and then goes behind the waterfall and the southern end of the lake. At podium level it is parallel with Willoughby House on the far side of the highwalk.

Layout

Brandon Mews is a small terrace of two-storey homes, with a brown perspex structure on top, which was apparently added in the 1980s. Close up, you can see regular pitched roofs sticking up into this rounded perspex structure. It is otherwise quite empty, which is a pity. It would make a very pleasant conservatory.

Orientation

Houses in Brandon Mews are west-facing and have views either directly over the lake behind the waterfall, or over Speed Garden, although they don’t have direct access.

Similar blocks

The most similar properties – by being two storey mews houses – are the houses of Lambert Jones Mews. Wallside and Postern contain larger houses.

Accomodation

There are 26 houses (numbered 1 – 26). (The Barbican Estate Office classify these dwellings as flats.) The inhabitants of Brandon Mews live below podium level and both their living rooms and their bedrooms face west towards the lake. Those nearest Speed House (the north part of the mews) overlook the delightful Speed Garden. Those nearest Andrewes House (the south part of the mews) overlook the ornamental waterfall from which water cascades down in front of Brandon Mews. The windows facing onto the lake are dramatic and each one seems to go right up the building, with window boxes in the middle and the distinctively Barbican “U” shape at the bottom. Strange metal rungs go up the wall between the windows, but I don’t think burglars would risk valuable trainers by wading the lake to get to them.

Entrances

There are entrance doors down from podium level on Willoughby Highwalk, each serving two houses. There’s no direct access from the lakeside or from Speed Gardens to Brandon Mews.

Car parking

Car parking spaces are available for each house near their rear entrance doors.

Stores

I am not aware of any stores outside the houses themselves.