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“Liverpool Waters development will harm city”

The Victorian Society is warning that a major plan to develop former dock land in Liverpool risks damaging the character of the city’s World Heritage Site

A masterplan for the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development is being considered by Liverpool City Council. At the heart of the 60 hectare docklands site will be the 55-storey Shanghai Tower, along with several other tall buildings.

The developer, Peel Holdings, says the regeneration of the area will provide more than 9000 homes, as well as offices, hotels, conference facilities, shops, restaurants, pubs and even a specially designed cruise liner facility.

'If the Liverpool Waters development gets the go-ahead it will diminish and obscure the dockland character of what was once the world's greatest nineteenth century seaport', said Chris Costelloe, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'We support the regeneration of the area, but a fundamental rethink is required to protect Liverpool's heritage for future generations.'

The high-profile project has already faced criticised from English Heritage and CABE.

Wednesday 4 May, 2011

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