Aldgate Public Realm

London, UK

Aldgate Public Realm

Gillespies is redesigning a series of exciting new public spaces at Aldgate. The re-routing of the existing gyratory will accommodate two large public spaces on the eastern edge of the City of London, as well as a garden setting for the Grade I listed St Botolph’s Without Aldgate Church.

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The centrepiece of the scheme is a large public space uniting two heritage listed buildings: Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School and the St Botolph without Aldgate Church. The main square will offer a vibrant destination space for the people who live and work in the City. The space is centred around a new pavilion, which will become a central meeting point, and a large lawn with seating opportunities and water features, which will ensure the space is used all year round. 

The church garden design aims to enlarge and realign the setting of the church in a sensitive manner, bringing focus back to the historic building and giving it a presence within the square. The new gardens will be richly‑detailed with lush, high-quality planting. The gardens will create a welcoming retreat for the community and a space for the church to use as an extension of the building.

A further public space is proposed at the bottom of Middlesex Street market where terraced steps will open up a previously blocked route into the market, drawing visitors down the street.