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Ordnance Survey New Map Symbols

Over 7,000 entries were received for the 10 map symbols that were up for design. 

Entrants were asked to design the new symbols based on the following criteria:

  • Designs needed to work alongside the current symbols.
  • Must be scaleable – the map symbols on our OS Explorer maps are roughly 5 mm
  • Need to be shown in a single, solid colour when they appear on the maps, so couldn’t rely on lots of colour.
  • Resemblance or convention – most of our map symbols are pictorial and either look like the feature they’re depicting or use a well-known convention.

Winning Symbols

Yesterday the first 6 results were revealed on The One Show on BBC1:




We have the electric car charging stations, art gallery, solar farm, skate park, toilets and kite surfing symbols!


The new icons should feature in maps released in February 2016 - In the mean time you can take a look at the symbols on Ordnance Survey's interactive map to spot sites near you.

Author: Joe Moverley

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