#OldStreet: Old Street roundabout is getting a makeover! Earlier today @IslingtonBC announced the best ideas for the transformation. Check out @tomasdoh's video to see the new looks that impressed the judges most. Which one do you like best? pic.twitter.com/wgZPEhtYZq
— Islington Now (@islingtonnow) March 21, 2018
The winning designs for the transformation of Old Street roundabout into an “iconic gateway” have been announced by Islington Council.
More than 120 entries were submitted for the open call for design ideas. Last month a long list of 39 of the best design ideas were showcased in a three-week public exhibition beside Old Street roundabout, before a panel of judges chose the best four.
The four winning designs were ‘Old Street Circus 2050’ by Dar Group, ‘Old Street Digital Garden’ by Gpad London Ltd, ‘Old Street Park’ by Nicholas Hare Architects, and ‘The Iris’ by EPR Architects.
These ideas were praised by the panel for creating flexible, inclusive and inspiring spaces, prioritising people and pedestrians, and making cyclists feel welcome.
The £1 million project will be funded by Islington Council, and will add to Transport for London’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.
The changes will create a safer layout for people, with segregated cycle lanes, two new station entrances and the reintroduction of two-way traffic.
Islington Councillor Claudia Webbe, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Old Street is an iconic place, known across the world as a vibrant hub of technology and culture. In an extremely competitive field, the judging panel has selected the entries that we believe offer the best ideas to create an ‘iconic gateway’.”
London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman added: “Our transformation of Old Street is going to make this notorious roundabout easier, safer and more pleasant for Londoners to walk and cycle. It’s a great example of what we’re looking to achieve right across the capital.
“Islington’s open call has been a great way to generate designs to further enhance this new public space. I’d like to congratulate the four winning designs on their innovative ideas.”