Old Street, New Tricks - EPR Longlisted

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EPR are delighted to have been longlisted for the Old Street Iconic Gateway ‘Open Call for Design Ideas’ competition launched by Islington Council last December.

Supported by the Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council, the project is part of an ambitious plan to close the north-western arm of the roundabout to create a new pedestrian plaza and entrance to the busy underground station.

The competition called for ‘exciting, bold and iconic’ proposals for a new gateway structure or public artwork reflecting the area’s identity as a hub for digital innovation. EPR’s team of artists, public art curators, smart city tech pioneers, landscape architects, structural engineers and local charities, all worked collaboratively to produce proposals for their ‘metropolitan land art’ titled the Iris.

Centred on an amphitheatre design which has been conceived as a space for escapism from the busy city, the Iris aims to transform the proposed peninsula into an interactive and inclusive place to gather, perform, meet, play and relax, acting as a beacon for smart city innovation and the iconic gateway of Old Street.

The winning team will be chosen following a public exhibition taking place until the 2nd March at the Old Street Yard, London. For more information or to cast your vote, please visit www.islington.gov.uk/oldstreet

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