Queen Square is the largest Georgian residential square in England. In 1936 Bristol Corporation destroyed its architectural and spatial integrity with the creation of a dual carriageway across the Square. By 1991, 20,000 vehicles each day crossed the Square, creating both noise and pollution. The Square is completely surrounded by listed buildings, but these had been allowed to decline and by 1996 over 33% were vacant.

The scheme involved the removal of the dual carriageway across the square and the bus routes around it. The original 1817 design was reinstated, with gravel paths, timber post and rail fencing around the square; restoration and realignment of King William’s statue (Grade 1 listed); new seating, lighting and tree planting, and the reduction of clutter and re-organisation of car parking around the square.

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