Project data: Aldermanbury Square, London
Location: Aldermanbury Square, City of London
Architects: Eric Parry Architects
Clients: City of London
Aldermanbury Square, a new public space for the City of London designed by Eric Parry Architects (EPA), opened in November 2006. The project is part of the Street Scene Challenge initiative run by the City of London, which enhances the City’s streets by reclaiming them from traffic, through high-quality projects with architects, designers and artists.
Aldermanbury Square: no traffic, new planting, water fountains and lighting open the space to new use
Located just north of Guildhall, EC2, Aldermanbury Square is now a calm, relaxed space for City residents, workers and visitors. An area previously dominated by cars has been transformed into a new public space where the pedestrian has priority – inviting seating areas, impressive computercontrolled water fountains set flush within granite paving, a canopy of trees and soft planting will enhance the atmosphere of this new civic amenity in the heart of the City of London.
Aldermanbury Square has been developed using new engineering techniques, high quality materials and contemporary design solutions. Issues that were overcome during the course of the project included the temporary removal of an historic standing stone plus its time capsule, the relocation of existing services and access to neighbouring buildings.
A striking, stainless steel-clad office tower, also by Eric Parry Architects, will frame the western edge of Aldermanbury Square; generous public space at ground level will create a new east-west pedestrian route from Wood St through to Aldermanbury Square beyond.
Funding for the works have come about through Section 106 agreements with Hanover Cube, the developer of 5 Aldermanbury Square for Scottish Widows Plc, and Stanhope Plc, the developer of 35 Basinghall Street.
Eric Parry says: 'I’m delighted to be working with the City of London on their Street Scene project. Great buildings do not exist without a context and the spaces between them are as important, and with greater potential for public engagement and communication. Street Scene is an excellent example of how planners, architects and developers can work together to make the city environment a more pleasant place.'
For further information about Street Scene please email Susannah Glynn.