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EH holds out a helping hand to preserve Liverpool's heritage

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English Heritage has launched a 'pioneering' project to protect Liverpool's historic environment and involve the public in planning the city's future.

The Historic Environment of Liverpool Project (HELP) will involve 'heritage-mapping' the entire city to create new conservation areas, list additional buildings and identify strategies for buildings at risk. It will feed into Liverpool's bid for World Heritage Status and lead to the publication of a new Pevsner (Buildings of England) guide to the city.

Chair of English Heritage Sir Neil Cossons said he hoped the three-year project would help prevent the mistakes made in other cities.

'Twenty-first-century Liverpool is undergoing an extraordinary period of development that could change the way the city looks forever, ' Sir Neil said. 'The future brings great opportunities for regeneration and prosperity. But we must not unknowingly lose the very things that make Liverpool special.'

EH aims to involve the public throughout the project and to encourage Liverpudlians to have a say in how their city is developed. An initial MORI poll, which showed local people were enthusiastic about protecting their historic environment, has helped shape the project.

lLiverpool council, the North West Development Agency and Liverpool Vision launched the Fourth Grace competition last week (AJ 14.2.02).

They hope to attract a major practice to design a landmark building that will sit next to the Three Graces - the Edwardian icons which made Liverpool's Pier Head a symbol of the city. Further details are available at www. liverpoolfourth grace. co. uk. Expressions of interest are required by 26 April and should be sent to Jim Gill, chief executive, Liverpool Vision, The Observatory, 1 Old Haymarket, Liverpool L1 1RH

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