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Bloomsbury makeover plan unveiled
How the British Museum's entrance could look
The plans include the paving of the British Museum's north entrance
Plans to transform London's Bloomsbury area into the city's intellectual and cultural heart have been unveiled.

Urban planner Sir Terry Farrell wants to limit traffic and pave over the roads that surround the British Museum and University College London (UCL).

The plans would see routes to the museum improved and the creation of pedestrianised route through UCL.

Camden Council said they were willing to use money allocated for the area's refurbishment to develop the idea.

In the document Bloomsbury - The Strategic Vision Sir Terry outlines his vision to turn the streets surrounding the British Museum and University College London into the city's intellectual and cultural heart.

Peace garden

The Bloomsbury area of Camden is famous for its connection with literary figures such as Virginia Woolf and EM Forster.

Sir Terry wants to remove traffic gyratories from Euston Circus, St Giles Circus and Russell Square to limit cars and attract pedestrians.

The plans would see five of the squares in Bloomsbury given their own distinctive identity, with Tavistock Square being turned into 'London's Peace Garden'.

The British Museum's north entrance would also be overhauled and street signs in the area would be upgraded.

Sir Terry said: "When you cross the university quarter and the museum quarter you'd be aware that these things are there.

"You'd see student life, frontages opened up and you'd see things from the British Museum out in the new space on the north side so you knew that the British Museum was this kind of place."

What Bloomsbury could look like

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