Smart Carpet

City of London Corporation / London, United Kingdom

The City of London, in partnership with Brookfield Multiplex, commissioned a Smart Infrastructure competition as part of a larger nationwide Smarter Cities Competition.

McGregor Coxall’s overall winning submission proposed a ‘Smart Carpet’ on the western end to Cheapside as a living, thinking surface treatment that adaptively responds to user demand. Comprising of a series of paving modules, the street is revealed as an intelligent multifunctional system that supports energy creation, interlockable furniture, LED lighting displays, sensory recognition and live analytics. These paving modules facilitate modular street furniture for social interaction, recreational zones for active health, street markets and exhibitions for cultural expression or commuter traffic during peak periods.

Central to the Smart Carpet’s delivery is establishing the Bank Junction Laboratory where key initiatives can be individually tested and developed within a highly public and active space. This allows Bank Junction to emerge as a testing ground for smart infrastructure and a stepping stone to delivering the worlds first adaptable, data driven, multi-functional street space.



Site Area

1.2 ha


  • Competition
  • Public Domain Strategy
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Research
  • Shared Streets
  • Tactical Urbanism
  • Streetscape
  • Cycleways
  • Furniture and Signage


  • City of London Corporation
  • Momentum Transport Planning
  • Umbrellium
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