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Old Street Iconic Gateway

Open Call for Design Ideas

Together with the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council, Islington Council are issuing an ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ to create an iconic gateway at Old Street.

This is an exciting opportunity to propose a vision and design concept idea for the Old Street Iconic Gateway, as part of the wider highway transformation scheme.

The purpose of this open call is to seek creative and innovative design ideas from a range of disciplines and partnerships, including design, architecture, art, planning and technology. In particular, we welcome design concepts that encompass public art and embrace the Tech City identity, for which Old Street Roundabout is renowned.

For more information on the ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’, please see the brief.


The Old Street Roundabout will undergo significant change in the coming years as part of the planned highway transformation that will see the removal of the one-way system, and two-way traffic reintroduced. As a result of the works, the north-western arm of the roundabout will be closed to traffic and a peninsula will be created around an upgraded Old Street station entrance. The existing roundabout, developed in the 1960s, will be converted into an attractive new pedestrianised public space. The highway transformation will result in fully segregated cycle lanes and crossings, as well as improved safety and amenity for pedestrians, public transport users, cyclists and people who live and work nearby. See further information about the wider highway transformation scheme.

Get involved

Submit up to 2 x A1 boards showcasing your design idea, along with a description of the proposal by 12pm, Monday 29 January 2018. Please register your interest via email.

For full details on the open call and submission requirements, download the brief. A technical plan of the existing area and proposed highway changes (CAD format) will be provided via email upon registering interest.

What happens next?

Following the ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ submission period, a public exhibition of the longlisted entries will be held in February 2018. In conjunction with the community feedback received during the public exhibition, a judging panel will shortlist the best design ideas. An announcement of the best ideas will be made the week commencing 19 March 2018.

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