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EH sets sights on Renaissance Fund ...

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English Heritage chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens pleaded with Government last week to give it the job of 'turning words into bricks' and of taking the lead with the £500 million Renaissance Fund recommended in the Urban Task Force report.

Stevens, who was in Manchester to launch eh's Heritage Dividend report (aj 1.7.99), said that if deputy prime minister John Prescott granted eh £100 million over 10 years, eh could reap five times that amount in matching funding and that the agency was best placed to manage it.

'I propose that English Heritage should lead the way.' said Stevens. 'We have the national experience and the regional presence, we know the local authorities and the local communities and they know us - we have a reputation for delivering under budget and on time.' Stevens said eh cheered the report `to the rooftops' and backed the emphasis on good design.

... as BDP clinches Liverpool clean-up

A new body set up last week to mastermind the sustainable regeneration of Liverpool, as a direct result of a Task Force recommendation, has appointed bdp as its team leader.

Liverpool Vision - a 'pathfinder' partnership between Liverpool City Council, English Partnerships, the North West Development Agency and the private sector - aims to turn around 30 years of decline. In that time Liverpool has lost 600,000 of its 1 million population, according to detr statistics. Liverpool Vision will provide a model for similar urban-regeneration companies in other towns and cities, and material for the forthcoming Urban White Paper.

bdp will look at the city's problems of empty property and derelict land and prepare a comprehensive strategy covering investment, marketing, site development and a masterplan. Sub-consultants to bdp will be gva Grimley and Oscar Faber, and the study will be complete by September 1999. A business plan and implementation plan will then be prepared.

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