Aldgate Public Realm

London, UK

Aldgate Public Realm

The complete redesign of the busy Aldgate gyratory into a traffic-free, pedestrian-friendly public realm. At the centre of this regeneration project sits a large square and newly expanded churchyard gardens.

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The £25m redevelopment of Aldgate Public Realm for The City of London Corporation took over seven years to complete and involved the re-routing of the existing gyratory to create one of the largest open spaces in the Square Mile.

The busy roads have been replaced with pedestrian-friendly streets and a central main square where people can convene, relax and socialise. The square is the centrepiece of the scheme and unites two heritage-listed buildings: Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School and the St Botolph without Aldgate Church. The square is centred around a new pavilion, which will become a central meeting point, and comprises a large lawn with seating opportunities and a water feature, which will ensure the space is used all year round.

The churchyard gardens have been enlarged to sensitively realign the setting of the church, bringing the focus back to the historic building and re-establishing its presence within Portsoken. The gardens are richly‑detailed with lush, high-quality planting and provide a secluded and tranquil space for relaxation and contemplation.

The completion of the square has not only significantly improved the appearance of the area but also the air quality within this part of London, signalling the importance of investing in high-quality public realms.

Awards

  • 2015 New London Architecture Award: Transport and Infrastructure: Highly Commended
  • 2018 National Urban Design Award