Lauderdale Tower

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Front page of the City’s original letting brochure

Building completed

October 1974

Location

Lauderdale Tower is the western-most tower and is close to Barbican Tube station and Aldersgate Street. The tower faces onto Lauderdale Place.It also overlooks Thomas More Garden.

Size

Lauderdale Tower is 44 storeys high (garage level, street foyer level, 40 storeys of flats and 2 of penthouses).

Accomodation

Lauderdale Tower contains 114 flats and 3 penthouse maisonettes of similar design and layout to the flats and penthouses in Cromwell Tower.

Numbering

There are three flats on each floor, each numbered for the floor number plus 1, 2 or 3 . E.g. flats on the 17th floor are numbered 171, 172, 173. They form columns of 1s, 2s, and 3s.

Orientation

There are three sides. The No. ‘1’ flats have rooms along the west-facing side, and balconies looking north. The No. ‘2’ flats have rooms along the north-facing side, and balconies looking east. The No. ‘3’ flats have rooms along the east–facing side, and balconies looking south.

Entrance

The ‘ground floor’ of Lauderdale Tower is at street level. The main entrance is reached by entering the estate from Beech Street then crossing Lauderdale Place to reach Lauderdale Tower. There is a ‘first floor’ podium level entrance off the highwalk for residents’ use.

Foyer

There is a foyer at street level with a porter at a reception desk. The entrance at first floor level off the highwalk leads to stairs down to the foyer.

Lifts

Beyond the foyer is a lobby with 3 high-speed passenger lifts.

Emergency stairs

There are stairs down the east face of Lauderdale Tower, to the left of the main entrance.

Ground floor occupants

”Cissors Palace’, the hairdressers.

Outside

The forecourt surrounding Lauderdale tower is called Lauderdale Place.The Barbican estate’s only ‘cormer shop’ called Crispins used to occupy the ground floor of the tower facing Laudedale Place, but that has gone the way of all other Barbican-specific businesses. Round the back, Lauderdale Place is a bit like a set from Planet of the Apes: there are long-abandoned rocket silos with bushes growing out of them. Hidden from view, is ‘Cissors Palace’ (Is there some law that hairdressing salons must have an awful pun as the name?). In front of Lauderdale Tower itself, a few attractive-looking wooden tubs with creepers and flowers growing in them have been placed.