Barts Square, EC1

Barts Square, EC1

By
Helical
5th
Ranked 5th out of 11 in Central London
4.15 (20 reviews) 4.15 (20 reviews)
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4.20
Facilities
4.25
Design
4.65
Location
3.80
Value
3.74
Management

Barts Square is a large mixed-use redevelopment by Sheppard Robson for Helical, comprising of 236 high-quality apartments, three office buildings and retail and restaurant space. It’s within close proximity to Farringdon East Station, which provides links to Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport.

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The area is convenient but the noise insolation of the flat is not top quality

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Review Date Aug 2019

The development is a bit noisy but I have chosen it because it is close to work. It is modern and functional as well. We have a 24/7 concierge and a home cinema, there is an underground parking as well. The finish of my flat is average. It is not top quality but not bad either. The concierge is very good.

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We have a hospital nearby which is good. St Paul’s, the train station and Barbican are only 4 minutes away from here. The London Museum is moving here as well. It is convenient because you can get the train from Farrington to Heathrow and you can also get to Gatwick from here. The tourism is low here which is good too.

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The noise insolation of the flat is not the best. There is a noise from the construction works at the moment too. You can hear the builders hammering on the walls. Whenever our neighbours are walking upstairs or using their washing machines we can hear that as well.

Are there any facilities you would like added, or that you have but do not use:

There is a home theatre and a lounge inside the development but you have to book it beforehand.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Don’t be fooled by the appearance! Avoid!

Review Date Oct 2021

The facilities of the apartment are limited. Private bar, dining room and cinema are not really useful. There is no swimming pool and with very limited parking.

The quality of the apartment is bad. We had to move out temporary because the developer forgot to lay the water proofing for bathroom floor. And we were relocated to somewhere really awful. Tried to argue and at the end didn’t really provide like for like. Heating and cooling system constantly breakdown and leak. Apparently the developer didn’t lay the cooling pipe properly and cause the leak. The quality of the finishing in the apartment isn’t great as well. First impression looks expensive but eventually you will realise the quality is like China made. Some of the design of the apartment is quite stupid where it’s clear that the architect or designer didn’t think from the user aspect. Limited power sockets in the apartment.

Worst thing, our toilet was overflow due the back flow of discharge from the other unit/outside. And we were blame it was our fault but engineer and plumber have agreed that the fault must be in the communal pipe. No apology or follow up from the building management, and we have to clean it up ourself.

If you are a tenant here in the development, you will be guarantee to be treated like a second class citizen.

Don’t be fooled by their appearance. Avoid!

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The apartment is at a very good location. However there are limited useful shops around the area.

It can be noisy sometime if your flat is facing the entrance especially if you are close to the refuse & delivery area as well as the pub nearby. Parking is very limited.

It is a safe area to live in. Good transport link.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The hidden charges of utility bills. Beware that you will need to pay standing charge for cooling and heating even when you are not using.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

If you are a landlord with lots of money, then yes, they treat you very nicely. If you are a tenant, be prepared to like a second class citizen. Bad.

2
Facilities
2
Design
4
Location
1
Value
2
Management
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Modern, quiet development for professionals

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Review Date Oct 2021

The design of the building is very modern, though it would be useful to have two lifts in the building. The cinema room is a nice feature, although a gym instead might have been more useful for most – though I recognise that there are plenty quite near. The concierge is helpful and friendly, but the property management (for my flat its Savill’s) has been a bit slow. So long as they fix the issues they say they are going to, then I would have given more stars.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The street is great, very quiet and clean. Small supermarkets are not too far and the transport links are good, close to barbican and st Paul’s as well as city thameslink. Restaurants nearby could be a bit better/more of them.

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The property manager at Savill’s seems to be progressing the issues, so even though they should have been fixed in advance, they will be sorted soon. The building is very warm, no need to use any heating system, and the windows are insulated against any noise. There are lots of switches in the cupboard involved with the heating system – it would have been good to have an explanation of these, so I know what they all do, as such I am still confused.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

There were existing problems when I moved in recently, which I would have expected to be fixed in advance, so this was very disappointing. This is the property manager’s fault rather than than landlord, as the landlord isn’t involved.

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
2
Management
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Top location & high-end new developments

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Review Date Apr 2020

Beautifully designed modern buildings, 24h concierge services, cinema room and a bar which can be booked and used by the tenants. There is a lot of staff working for the development ensuring all the spaces are super clean. Bicycle storage in the building available for free.

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Top location as it is within 5 min walk from St Paul’s station, Barbican station and there is Elizabeth line coming up with the opening within 2 min walk. Quite area surrounded by many bars, cafes and restaurants. Nicely quite on the weekends.

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One problem is the lack of storage – the apartments are generally not very big and the few building storage spaces are always rented out.
The apartments only bring positive surprises – such as heated floor, automated lights in the bathroom, high-end appliances etc.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Never had a problem with the landlord, all communication with who was handled by the agency.

3
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Short walk to the city

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Review Date Aug 2019

So this apartment is very modern and cool! I really enjoy using the aircon during the summer days and i especially like the ceiling to floor windows. The apartment itself is very nice and i like how we have a common cinema. I really enjoy the restaurant Lino which is literally outside the apartment.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like that the apartment is very close to the city, like walking distance. The area is very beautiful.
However during the weekends there is nothing much to do, since theres no restaurants near by

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish i had known that there was not many restaurants nearby.

Are there any facilities you would like added, or that you have but do not use:

Rooftop balcony terrace
dont use common kitchen
common cinema lounge area

I wish that we would have a rooftop or a balcony just so we could step outside without actually being outside. We also have a common area which is cool but we don’t use.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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Amazing view

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Review Date Aug 2019

The layout of the apartment is really awesome and thanks to the large windows I get a lot of sunshine and also a great view of London city! The apartment is really modern. I chose this apartment because of the location and I do not have any regrets. It’s also really easy for me to get to work.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I really like the location of the complex. I don’t dislike anything.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wish that I knew it was small since my old apartment was actually bigger than this.

What is the best feature of your home:

The window – it gives me a beautiful view of the city

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
Management
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Up and coming

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Review Date Aug 2019

The windows in the house are amazing as they are floor to ceiling and the views are really really beautiful. It is a good location with good transport links but I do wish there was a bit more soul and stuff going on. Ideal for those who work in the city.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I dislike that its in the city so you feel like you’re at work and not really proper London. I do like that is close to my work.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That there would be lots of little issues due to it being a new build.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

There have been a lot complaints and the management don’t really deal with the problem quickly or at all. There is a whatsapp group with a lot of the tenants discussing such issues.

5
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
3
Value
2
Management
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Central area

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Review Date Jul 2019

Really easy process when I was moving, it’s good for my baby and very practical. It was unfurnished when I moved in which I liked. The hub wasn’t working for a few weeks otherwise everything else was really good. Concierge is really useful, helpful and consistent.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Vicory house:
Very central and loads of shops, good transport links.
Too crowded during the week. Not too many parks

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Lacks of parking and child friendly.

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Happy with the new build

Review Date Oct 2021

Brand new building with modern appliances and amenities. Well maintained and kept quite clean. Concierge service is usually on top of things – only problem is they do not accept any food deliveries even if only for a little while. Management has been fairly responsive so far.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Very convenient if you work in the city and very well connected but can get slightly quiet on the weekends

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The concierge sits in a different building which can confuse some of the delivery people

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Not raised too many issues but the ones raised at the beginning were sorted out quite quickly

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Overall good experience staying at barts square

Review Date Oct 2021

The design is simple and classy. Minimalist style which is what I prefer. There is a cinema and lounge for the facilities at barts square; however I would prefer a gym or swimming pool. The building management is quite decent, however it doesn’t feel like they can help with personal requests which is the down side of it.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

It’s a very quiet area, located in a nice location. Nice range of food options. The transportation is very convenient, walking distance to stations.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nice and quiet apartment with very convenient transportation nearby and good range of food options.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They are quite responsive; however when there’s an issue about the apartment, it took them weeks to send construction worker to fix it.

3
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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