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Aldgate Square and St Botolph’s Church, London
Aldgate High St, London, EC3N 1AB
City of London
As part of a major regeneration project backed by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL), Aldgate Square has been totally transformed.
Identified as an area needing support to promote regeneration in 2008, Aldgate Square was designed to remove barriers between communities, and is now the first public space for the area’s multicultural residents, and one of the largest public spaces in the Square Mile.
Featuring a striking pavilion designed by Make Architects, the Square also utilises Marshalls’ Scoutmoor Natural Stone paving to great effect. The muted grey and brown tones enhance the feeling of openness throughout the area, as well as perfectly complementing the unusual copper tones of the Corten steel pavilion roof.
Marshalls Scoutmoor Yorkstone is a popular paving choice throughout London thanks to its versatile colour, impressive technical performance, and class leading slip resistance. Sourced from Marshalls’ quarry in Lancashire, the stone is the strongest type of Yorkstone available in the UK.
Bespoke Portuguese Tarvos Granite Seating Units were also employed to create a remarkable centrepiece within the square, allowing a large area for residents and visitors to congregate. Tarvos is an elegant silver grey granite with delicate pigmentation that has been supplied across the country by Marshalls as paving, setts and bespoke masonry.
St Botolph’s Church, located in Aldgate Square, also applies Scoutmoor to great effect, taking advantage of the numerous products available. Flags, Setts, Steps and Wall Cladding were all used to great effect, creating a harmonious aesthetic with the surrounding square, while also generating a calming social space in the midst of a chaotic city.
Transformational projects such as Aldgate Square and St Botolph’s Church form a key part of achieving the Mayor’s Transport Strategy which sets out a long-term ambition to create more beautiful, accessible and people-friendly streets across London, that everyone can enjoy spending time and being active.