Liverpool launches new heritage framework

by Ian Hughes
9th September 2020

Liverpool city council has produced a new framework to guide future development across 260 acres of protected dockland, which it hopes will further strengthen its UNESCO World Heritage Status. 

The North Shore Vision framework has been drawn up by landscape architect Planit-IE, alongside Liverpool City Council’s World Heritage Team and World Heritage Task Force and Steering Group. The framework is the first development document in the UK to adopt guidance set out in UNESCO’s own policy for developing historic urban landscapes. 

By using UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscapes (HUL) model, the city council hopes to strike an effective balance between continuing redevelopment of the North Docklands area of the city centre, and conservation of the many historic buildings located within it. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson OBE said:

“This framework will make Liverpool an international beacon of heritage-led regeneration and play a fundamental role in the multibillion-pound renaissance of this area over the coming decades.” 

The area covered by the framework, made up of largely brownfield dockland, encompasses Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, the Ten Streets District and Bramley Moore-Dock, where Everton FC plans to build its new stadium, and lies almost exclusively with the city’s World Heritage Site and its buffer zone. 

Peel L&P and Everton FC have both agreed to adopt the principles of the framework for their respective developments. Liverpool was awarded World Heritage status in 2004 and has since invested more than £900m in historic assets and upgraded 37 listed buildings within the site. Darran Lawless, development director at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, said:

“Working with the city council, Everton FC and other partners, we want to breathe new life into the docks with the creation of thousands of jobs, new homes and a destination for sport, tourism and leisure facilities to help attract new business and investment opportunities

“As we emerge to face the post-pandemic challenges, we are convinced that this collaborative partnership working will become an international exemplar of heritage-led, inclusive regeneration and growth.”

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Ian Hughes
Ian Hughes
Marketing Manager
9th September 2020