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Aldgate Square

Aldgate Square

The overall aims of the Aldgate Highway Changes and Public Realm Improvements Project were to:

  • enhance safety for road users
  • improve cycling routes
  • improve pedestrian routes and connections
  • introduce more greenery
  • create new public space for events, leisure and play
  • improve lighting​ in the area

Highway improvements

Changes to the traffic layout were completed in April 2016. The finished project provides new pedestrian crossing points, allowing easier navigation of bus services and two new public spaces on the eastern edge of the City of London.

The project has introduced two-way traffic on Aldgate High Street, St Botolph Street, a section of Middlesex Street and Minories. A section of Middlesex Street has been closed to traffic at the junction with St Botolph Street.

New public spaces

The highway changes enabled the creation of two new public spaces:

  • Aldgate Square - the centrepiece of this transformational scheme sits between Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School and St Botolph without Aldgate Church
  • Eastern public space - at the junction of Middlesex Street and St Botolph Street

Portsoken Pavilion

Sitting within Aldgate Square and complementing the two heritage listed buildings on either side, the high quality Portsoken Pavilion completes the scheme. Designed by award winning architects and constructed from cor-ten steel and glass the pavilion will become a landmark building for this area.

A social enterprise operator, Kahaila, runs the facilities providing a new hub promoting events, leisure and play. Toilets are available to the public seven days a week through the Community Toilet Scheme. By animating the square we aim to improve natural surveillance within the area.


The City worked with the Lon​don Borough of Tower Hamlets and Transport for ​London to develop the scheme. The Mayor of London's Cycling Vision​ and Transport for London’s Road Modernisation Plan contributed to the proposals to provide cyclists with a less intimidating and higher quality experience as they travel through the area.

The following local stakeholders were members of design working groups:

  • Saint Botolph Without Aldgate Church
  • Sir John Cass's Foundation
  • Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School
  • The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Transport for London Urban Design Team
  • Minerva (developer)
13 June 2014
Last Modified:
11 July 2018