UNESCO Officials Deliver Report on Liverpool’s World Heritage

A delegation of UNESCO officials have published a report detail their recommendations on the World Heritage Status of Liverpool, following a visit in November to assess the impact of proposed developments in the city’s docklands. The delegation reported positively on the impact of completed projects, the new Liverpool Museum and the Mann Island, which have invigorated the waterfront, without seriously impacting the views of the Three Graces. However, the group concluded that if the proposed developments, which involve a £5.5billion mixed-use scheme of port infrastructure, offices and residential units, including several skyscrapers, go ahead as outlined, the city’s World Heritage would be ‘irreversibly damaged, due to a serious deterioration of its architectural and town-planning coherence, a serious loss of historical authenticity, and an important loss of cultural significance.’. The report recommends that the principle stakeholders, Peel Holdings, Liverpool City Council and English Heritage work together to adjust the plan, taking on the observations in the report. 

A summary of the mission’s findings can be viewed on the World Heritage Centre website.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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