As part of the Urban Design Framework for the New Islington Masterplan, Old Mill Street provides a major piece of urban public realm. This piece of landscape integrates one of the principle routes through the site with a series of linked places, creating a unique urban experience.
The approach to this public realm has been to treat it as a single shared space, removing the conventional definition between pedestrians and vehicles. A strong pattern of cast iron ‘polka dots’ provides a new ordering device along the street. Different surface treatments, such as gravels, timber, setts and brick reinforce the sequence of spaces along this route. A row of Dawn Redwood specimen trees and sculptural street lighting create a dramatic, unifying spine.