Revealed: Shortlist of 4 design ideas to replace Old Street roundabout

'Old Street Circus' by Dar

'Old Street Circus' by Dar - Credit: Archant

Old Street could get weird.

'The Iris' by EPR Architects

'The Iris' by EPR Architects - Credit: Archant

Islington Council today announced a judging panel’s favourite four design ideas to replace Old Street’s 1960s roundabout, which will be dug up next year.

Where these designs are strange – two of them look like spaceships – sadly some of the more insane proposals have been ruled out.

As reported by the Gazette last month, two of the designs on the initial 39-strong longlist included a copy of Stonehenge and the UK’s second tallest building – with a public park on the roof. The 39 architects had responded to Islington’s “open call” for ideas.

However, there is no guarantee the panel – made up of tech leaders, councillors and transport consultants – will adopt any of the shortlisted designs. The council is holding a separate formal tender process to develop “feasible, affordable” designs, but the shortlist could be used to inform this.

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The council’s main aim is to remove the “outdated, intimidating roundabout and create a safer, more pleasant layout for people”.

Changes will include segregated cycle lanes, low-level cycle signals, new surface-level pedestrian crossings, two new Old Street station entrances and the reintroduction of two-way traffic.

'Old Street Digital Garden' by Gpad London

'Old Street Digital Garden' by Gpad London - Credit: Archant

'Old Street Park' by Nicholas Hare Architects

'Old Street Park' by Nicholas Hare Architects - Credit: Archant

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