Old St top four revealed
Judges have announced their four best design ideas for the transformation of Old Street roundabout to create an “iconic gateway” and public space.
Last month a longlist of 39 design ideas were showcased in a public exhibition near Old Street roundabout and posted online. 1,245 members of the public had their say about the ideas and now the council’s judging panel has revealed which are its favourites. They are…
‘Old Street Circus 2050’ (pictured above) by the Dar Group (led by Dar Landscape and Urban Design Team, with Perkins+Will, Portland Design, Elementa Consulting, Currie & Brown, Maffeis Engineering – transforming the roundabout into a genuinely useable, vibrant, healthy and safe public space.
‘Old Street Digital Garden’ by Gpad London Ltd (with Eyekon) – a forest of lights that generate electricity enveloping a new pavilion, a water feature, and a ‘digital totem’ shaped by turning the existing advertising screens on their ends to house an automated cycle parking structure.
‘Old Street Park’ by Nicholas Hare Architects (with Price Myers, Hoare Lea, FIRA) – a flexible, green, smart public space for cyclists, residents, workers, and visitors that harnesses the social, environmental and economic aspirations of the area for the Old Street community.
‘The Iris’ by EPR Architects (with Martin Richman, Wayfindr, Modus Operandi, Gillespies, Entuitive, Materials Council, Stage One) – a piece of metropolitan land art centring around ‘The Iris’, a reflective lens facilitating interaction, inclusive gatherings, performances, play and relaxation.
The judging panel recognised these four ideas for their focus on creating flexible and inclusive spaces, prioritising people and pedestrians, making cyclists feel welcome, and developing an iconic concept that continues to inspire every time one enters the space.
Old Street’s “iconic gateway” will be funded by Islington, and will add to TfL’s transformative changes to the roundabout, which start in late 2018 and will see the north-western arm of the roundabout permanently closed, creating a new pedestrianised public space.
A separate, formal tender process will take place next to develop feasible, affordable designs for the ‘iconic gateway’ to complement the wider transformation works.