Barnet House, London

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Barnet House
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General information
Completed 1964

Barnet House is an eleven-story office block at 1255 High Road, on the corner of Baxendale, at Whetstone, London, N20.[1]

It was built as an office block, Ever Ready House, the headquarters of the British Ever Ready Electrical Company, before later becoming offices for the London Borough of Barnet including for the council's housing department.[2][3]

View from High Road

In March 2017, it was announced that it would be converted into 254 flats, some as small as 16 square metres.[2][4][5] The size of the smallest flats in the building was criticised by local councillors with one saying "These rabbit hutch homes would turn Barnet House into a human filing cabinet".[6]

In December 2017 it was reported that the planning application to convert the building to residential accommodation had been rejected by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan on the grounds that the application included too few affordable homes.[7]


  1. ^ "Barnet House". 16 November 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Booth (27 March 2017). "'Dog kennel' flats in Barnet will be 40% smaller than Travelodge room | Society". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Applying for housing – Barnet Homes". Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Jonathan Morrison Architecture Correspondent (29 March 2017). "Flats smaller than room in a budget hotel | News | The Times & The Sunday Times". Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Mark Chandler (28 March 2017). "'Rabbit hutch' Barnet homes which are smaller than Travelodge hotel rooms spark backlash | London Evening Standard". Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Barnet councillors weigh in on "rabbit hutch" homes in Whetstone. Jenny Desborough,, 29 March 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  7. ^ Barnet House development rejected after Mayor intervenes. Jenny Desborough, Times Group, 5 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to 1255 High Road at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°37′46″N 0°10′30″W / 51.629429°N 0.175116°W / 51.629429; -0.175116