The scheme designed by WW+P with WSP and Morgan Sindall replaces a previous design by others and is the second stage of Transport for London’s redevelopment of the Old Street Roundabout, aimed at improving the site for cyclists, pedestrians, residents and local workers. Key to this is the pedestrianisation of part of the roundabout so that the central island on which the entrance sits becomes part of a new landscaped peninsula.
The station entrance is a simple, elegant glass structure with a biodiverse green roof, supported on a central sculptural concrete tree column. The planted roof and ‘tree’ conceptually relate to and book-end the existing landscaping of the Promenade of Light along Old Street and new public realm on the peninsula. The design maximises transparency and sightlines across the peninsula to improve wayfinding and security.
The volume and arrangement of the new entrance has been carefully considered to provide a high quality user experience, both on approach and from within. The double-height volume maximises daylight into the new entrance and existing subway, whilst providing an appropriately civic-scaled structure at this city focal point, and a grand sense of arrival and departure.
WW+P Partner Daniel Moor said: "Through working collaboratively together, the whole team is proud to put forward a new design direction for the entrance structure. The resulting design is a simple, well crafted, architectural solution that responds to the site and project constraints."