So, the ugly Old Street Roundabout, home to Tech City, is to get a £50 million facelift.
According to No.10, the new civic building will host classrooms, co-working spaces and workshops equipped with the latest 3D printing technology, for use by both the local start-ups and the wider community. It will be a resource for start-ups, a cenre for international conferences and investement fairs, and a place to engage school children.
Sounds wonderful, but I do hope more thought is put into the actual building. The vision presented by Architecture 00:/ (shown above), who have long been working on ideas for the roundabout (below is the first attempt), is already being slated by the critics.
Interestingly, The Guardian says it will be run as a community interest company: just like what Fringe Benefits, my masters renegeration study group, proposed for the Olympic Park’s broadcast centre.