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Work on the major uplift to the Aldgate area will continue until the end of June 2018.

The overall aims of the Aldgate Highway Changes and Public Realm Improvements Project are 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, allows easier navigation of bus services and introduces 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 also been closed to traffic at the junction with St Botolph Street.

New public spaces

The highway changes are enabling the creation of two new public spaces:

  • Aldgate Square - the centrepiece of this transformational scheme will sit 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 will complete 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, will run the facilities inside providing a new hub promoting events, leisure and play. Toilets will be 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 has worked with the Lon​don Borough of Tower Hamlets and Transport for ​London to develop these proposals. The Mayor of London's Cycling Vision​ and Transport for London’s Road Modernisation Plan have 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) 

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Find out more about the project
  • News
    Mansell Street is changing
    Construction news

    Find out more about construction in the Aldgate area and how you may be affected.

  • News
    New highways layout
    Project description

    Find out about the proposed highway and traffic changes, including new two-way streets and cycling provision.

  • Aldgate Square
    Western public space in Aldgate

    ​The ​new public space between the church and school.