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Finsbury square revamp to be funded by City businesses

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Big business around London's Finsbury Square is to stump up £5 million to pay for a new landscaping scheme by Patel Taylor Architects. Over the next six months, the London Borough of Islington will bring together occupiers such as Bloomberg and Invesco to agree the renovation of this historic, yet down at heel, square just north of the City of London.The proposals feature potted trees on rails to give flexibility for events, a restaurant and a 4m high raised oval containing a bowling green.

There will be wavy lawns to the north of the square and rows of pleached limes running down the busy City Road to mask the sight and sound of traffic.

'This is our big chance to lever out some decent money and do it all in one hit, ' said Patel Taylor partner Andrew Taylor. The practice is working with Paris landscape specialist Groupe Signes. The duo also worked on the new Thames Barrier Park and are now planning to make a formal business association.

A planning application on Finsbury Square is expected in April 2001.

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