SAVE Britain’s Heritage says that Liverpool is hurtling headlong towards the loss of its World Heritage Status (WHS) following the decision allowing the demolition of parts of Lime Street
Earlier this month, a judge refused the campaign group’s bid for a judicial review of Liverpool City Council’s approval for a £35 million student housing-led scheme by Broadway Malyan within the city’s WHS ’buffer zone’.
Liverpool has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s ‘in danger’ list since 2012 because of fears about the impact of Peel Holding’s development plans on the city’s world-famous waterfront.
Speaking to the Architects’ Journal this week, SAVE director Clem Cecil said: ‘If these decisions keep being made then there is no reason to believe that they will not progress towards having World Heritage status removed.
‘I was talking to UNESCO representatives at a conference before Christmas, and they were saying it the situation is already really serious.
‘The council is killing the goose that lays the golden egg if they are demolishing a historic street and replacing it with this design which breaks world heritage site guidelines.’
SAVE is hoping the public will help it fight redevelopment plans on Liverpool’s Lime Street. They have launched a Just Giving page to raise £12,500 for the legal costs associated with taking their fight to the Court of Appeal. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised £1,466 towards the target.
Cecil said that ’big cash injections are needed. We are very grateful for the little donations - they all add up and are crucial in building a foundation of support but we are looking for big donors to reach the target.’
SAVE have until 5 February to appeal and needs to raise the money before that date.
The decision on whether to appeal will also depend on building of their case and deliberations by SAVE trustees, Cecil added.
Dominic Wilkinson, former chair of Liverpool Architectural Society and senior Lecturer in Urban Design at Liverpool John Moores University
’This project will have no impact whatsoever on the World Heritage Site and that sounds like the kind of stock criticism you fall back on when there is no other cause for objection. There are many places where the impact of development is threatening heritage buildings, but this is simply not one of them.”
’The massing and composition of the proposed scheme are good and exactly what’s needed for this site. It’s sometimes difficult to pick up detail and judge exactly what a building will look like from CGIs. It’s those extra layers of subtlety and complexity that will give the buildings their personality. The city has to move forward and go on living.’
Broadway Malyan’s plans for Liverpool’s Lime Street