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Public Realm Strategy

Aldgate

Public Realm Strategy

Situated on the eastern boundary of the old City walls, Algdate bridges the City of London financial district and the western edge of Tower Hamlets borough, which includes Brick Lane and Petticoat Lane Market. Widely varying development scales and management arrangements have contributed to the impression of a fractured public realm: until 2009 the area was characterised by two traffic gyratories and a series of pedestrian underpasses. Now a designated GLA opportunity area, Aldgate is set to see significant new development over the coming years.

The Aldgate Public Realm Strategy lays out a single and inclusive integrated public realm vision for the Aldgate area, building on recommendations made by the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) and the City of London. The project was delivered by General Public Agency (of which Lucy Musgrave was formerly co-Director) with architects Witherford Watson Mann as invited collaborators.

Detailed mapping and surveying provided current and projected overviews of the area. Particular attention was given to existing and proposed transport links, forthcoming development, and Aldgate's existing and emerging public spaces. General Public Agency devised an overall vision based on the high street as an artery, with smaller streets and alleyways branching off this primary route. A set of design principles was expanded to become 33 individual public realm projects.

The report enabled the City of London and LBTH to work together across borough boundaries and has been used to inform schemes such as the Aldgate/Whitechapel section of the High Street 2012 initiative. The intention was to enable the client body (City of London, LBTH, Transport for London and Design for London) to steer future proposals, ensuring they integrate with the strategic vision and needs of the wider area.

  • Title: Aldgate Public Realm Strategy
  • Location: City of London, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Year: 2008
  • Client: Exemplar