Culture secretary Chris Smith has prepared a list of 32 locations he wants considered as World Heritage Sites, with an emphasis on celebrating the uk as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and as a country 'with global influence'.
Smith published the consultation paper following unesco concerns about an emphasis on cultural sites at the expense of natural ones, and an over- representation of palaces, cathedrals and historic towns in Western Europe. Industrialisation is represented by nine of the proposed uk sites, including the 1890 Forth Rail cantilever bridge in Scotland, Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, the Ancoats, Castlefields and Worsley areas of Manchester and Salford, important for their canals, and the Paddington/Bristol Railway. The English Heritage advisers who prepared the list failed to find an example of innovation in telecommunications, however, and this will go forward to the next list.
Britain's 'global influence' is represented by seven sites including Chatham Naval Base, the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and Liverpool Commercial Centre and Waterfront. Stowe in Buckhinghamshire and Mount Stewart in County Down, Northern Ireland were chosen as representatives of landscape design. Natural sites included the Cairngorms and the Wash, while cultural sites included the Lake District, the New Forest, and La Cotte de Saint Brelade in Jersey.
The uk has 17 of the 552 World Heritage sites at present, the most recent designation conferred last year on Greenwich Maritime. Comments on the recommendations for new ones are invited by 30 October. Just as interesting, however, is the list of 120 English sites which were considered but rejected by the committee. These included the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cheddar Gorge, Ely, Jodrell Bank, Alexandra Palace, Crystal Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, the Thames Tunnel, Severn Bridge, Winchester, and York.
. . . as Temple Meads masterplan takes shape
English Partnerships and Railtrack have appointed Aaron Evans Associates to carry out masterplanning and feasibility work on the redevelopment of the Temple Quay East site, adjacent to the proposed World Heritage Site of Temple Meads Station and the Bristol to Paddington line.
The £10 million project will involve developing a new urban space alongside the Grade I-listed Brunel station and Digby Wyatt train shed, and is likely to provide a transport interchange, a mixture of retail and commercial developments, incorporating a new lrt route, a ferry link, a multi-storey car park and a connection to the station.
The practice will head a seven-strong team of consultants including landscape consultant Nicholas Pearson Associates, Mark Lovell Design Engineers and planning consultant Christopher Pound from Bath. Pound is also a member of the World Heritage Site Committee of icomos uk and an adviser to the Local Authority World Heritage Forum.