Liverpool Waters

Liverpool Waters is a large scale £5.5bn development that has been proposed by the Peel Group in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. The development will make use of a series of presently derelict dock spaces at Central Docks. From 2004 to 2021, much of the docks involved in the development were part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but the development of these docks were cited as a reason for the revocation of Liverpool's World Heritage status.[1] This is an area north of Liverpool's historic Pier Head.[2] It is the sister programme of the Wirral Waters project. Since 2012 the two projects have enjoyed enterprise zone status, together forming the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.[3]

Liverpool Waters
DeveloperThe Peel Group
WebsiteLiverpool Waters
Physical features
Major buildings21m sq ft of commercial / residential floor space
Liverpool Waters is located in England
Liverpool Waters
Coordinates: 53°24′58″N 3°00′07″W / 53.416°N 3.002°W / 53.416; -3.002Coordinates: 53°24′58″N 3°00′07″W / 53.416°N 3.002°W / 53.416; -3.002

The developmentEdit

The development is planned to create at least 17,000 full-time jobs and 21m sq ft of new commercial and residential floor space including 23,000 apartments and four hotels. The tallest towers are proposed to be over 50 storeys high.[2]

It is split into four sectors:[4]

The developers have stated that the project may take 50 years before it is finished. The proposals are presently at the planning stage and are subject to public acceptance.[5] The planning applications were submitted by the developers on 4 October 2010.[6] As of March 2012, Liverpool City Council has granted planning permission to the Liverpool Waters scheme as a whole.[7] English Heritage has formally objected to the plans and UNESCO has expressed concern, placing Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City on its List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012.[8] The proposal was referred to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to assess whether to hold a public inquiry.[9] Pickles' decision not to call a public inquiry, announced in March 2013, means that the project can go ahead regardless, although it is unclear what the next steps are or when they may be taken. In July 2021, the World Heritage Committee cited the development as a reason for the revocation of Liverpool's World Heritage status.[1]

Transport linksEdit

A monorail to link the area to Liverpool's city centre, with the potential to connect to the John Lennon Airport has been proposed.[2]

Loss of Liverpool's World Heritage statusEdit

Development has met with opposition from several heritage bodies, including UNESCO, who said the development could lead to Liverpool losing its World Heritage Site status.

In July 2017, UNESCO warned that Liverpool's status as a World Heritage Site was at risk of being rescinded, partly in light of Liverpool Waters' development proposals, with English Heritage asserting that the proposals would leave the setting of some of Liverpool's most significant historic buildings "severely compromised", the archaeological remains of parts of the historic docks "at risk of destruction", and "the city's historic urban landscape ... permanently unbalanced".[10]

In 2021, UNESCO recommended that the City lose its status, with Liverpool Waters project, the development at Bramley-Moore Dock and the longstanding development of the waterfront being cited as reasons for the recommendation.[11]

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram opposed the decision and said, "We are proud of our history but our heritage is a vital part of our regeneration. I'd urge them to take up our invitation to visit rather than taking their decision sat around a table on the other side of the world."[12] The revocation of the World Heritage Site status was confirmed in July 2021.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status". BBC News. 21 July 2021. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Peel unveil £5.5 billion investment plans" Archived 9 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Peel News, 6 March 2007
  3. ^ "Enterprise Zones drive forward UK industry with foreign investment". Click Liverpool. 28 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  4. ^ Liverpool Waters: Masterplan Archived 5 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ People power to decide fate of new £5.5bn waterfront£, Neil Hodgson, Liverpool Echo, 7 March 2007
  6. ^ "Liverpool Waters development plans submitted". BBC News. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
  7. ^ Liverpool Waters news- Planning permission granted Archived 18 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City, World Heritage in Danger.
  9. ^ The Guardian- Liverpool Waters skyscraper plans get go ahead
  10. ^ Perraudin, Frances (3 October 2017). "Liverpool faces up to world heritage removal threat with taskforce". the Guardian.
  11. ^ "Unesco report says Liverpool should lose World Heritage status". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  12. ^ Rotheram, Steve. "Tweet About BMD". Twitter, Inc. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  13. ^ Liverpool stripped of Unesco World Heritage status BBC News 21 July 2021

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