Acton Town Square

East, London, 2007


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The North walkway of the Square 

David Gangridge     Download Original

  • The North walkway of the Square    
  • The sqaure from The King    
  • Granite facets accentuating the gradient    
  • North walkway    
  • Square looking onto high street    
  • Triangular facets meeting in the Square    
  • Paving slabs tailored to oak tree    
  • Luminaries supported by steel poles    
  • Granite slabs    
  • Site plan    
  • Plan of the Square    
  • Plan of walkway    
  • Ground cross-section    
  • Detailed plan of triangular facets    

Public town square with a functioning market, and seating areas

The architect worked with the local authorities and local regeneration group, Action Acton, to develop a town Square for the 100 Public Spaces programme.

The square is designed as a faceted granite surface and the seating is formed of large stone pieces. The seven flat facets distinguish the gradient of the site, whilst also complying with disabled regulations. Each facet is outlined by vectors of small granite setts that fan out, across the square.

The north-easterly section forms a pedestrian street with a line of trees alongside. Luminaries hang from the trees, with wires supported by steel poles. Some of the new trees planted are oaks. The paving they are set in carry an inner section of removable stone to allow for long-term growth. This space as a whole now allows for a new market to take place on a weekly basis.

Practical elements have been incorporated into the design also, such as security cameras, traffic lights, and heritage lanterns.


  • Begun: Mar 2006
  • Completed: Jan 2007
  • Floor area: 3,300m2
  • Sector: Public realm
  • Total cost: £1.2M
  • Tender date: Dec 2004
  • Procurement: Addition to existing CE term contract
  • Address: Ealing High Street, Acton, London, W3 9NX, United Kingdom

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