“A calculatedly awkward design in plain, sheer concrete.”
“The Buildings of England”, Nikolaus Pevsner and Simon Bradley
The site for The Heron used to be Milton Court, and part of the Barbican Estate.
Milton Court (completed in April 1965) was the first brave outpost of the Barbican enterprise. It was near the corner of Willoughby House and Speed House opposite Britannic Tower. In all the Barbican plans it is ‘the Public Service Building’ and it housed the fire brigade, a mortuary, the coroner’s court and a social services office.
The original buildings were knocked down and the site sold off in the mid-2000s for the construction of the new Guildhall School of Music and Drama facilities and flats.
I really liked that old concrete block.