A view of Liverpool city centre viewed from the Anglican Cathedral. Photo from Wikimedia nCommons

Developments cost Liverpool waterfront’s World Heritage status

UNESCO has stripped the city of Liverpool of its world heritage status due to the “irreversible loss” to the historic value of Victorian docks following years of development. The UN’s heritage body said the “outstanding universal value” of Liverpool’s waterfront had been lost to new buildings, including Everton football club’s £500m stadium. In 2012, UNESCO warned that Liverpool was on the brink of being stripped of the status it had been awarded in 2004 because development was changing the city’s skyline and waterfront. The UN agency said developments such as…

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£100m Leicester Square corner plot redevelopment

Property developers are set to spend £100 million transforming the north-east corner of London’s Leicester Square. Owners Soho Estates have appointed commercial property adviser Colliers to find a new tenant to turn the site into a new “destination” in the famous square, best known for hosting red carpet movie premieres. The corner currently houses a Zoo Bar, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Chiquito, alongside offices. The site sits next door to the Odeon cinema – which hosts its fair share of premieres – and bosses hope to find the next…

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£50m facelift to create new leisure offer in Black Country

Asset manager of Black Country retail hub outlines plans to make shopping centre fit for a post-covid landscape by increasing the leisure and dining out options Merry Hill shopping centre is to undergo a major overhaul aimed at broadening the retail hub’s appeal in a post-covid landscape by increasing its leisure offer. Asset manager Ellandi has outlined a programme of renovation works worth £50 million as it aims to keep the centre relevant following a tumultuous time for the retail landscape as consumer habits changed and online shopping boomed during…

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