Hull council drops ice arena and adds ‘urban woodland’ to redevelopment

Plans for a new ice arena as part of a city redevelopment have been dropped in favour of an “urban woodland”. Delayed plans for Albion Square in Hull also include solar panels, residential and office space, and bike hubs. Hull City Council funded £1m of urgent repairs to the 1980s Kingston Street ice arena, ahead of the £130m Albion Square development. But critics say the council has done a “screeching U-turn” in scrapping plans for a new ice rink. In 2017, initial proposals for Albion Square were announced but redevelopment…

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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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Tate Modern chimney. Photo by George Prentzas on Unsplash

Why placemaking is about regeneration and not redevelopment

Levelling up can only happen if placemaking drives local regeneration, says Bob Blackman MP For many, the pandemic has reinforced the importance of local communities. Whether it be checking in on elderly neighbours, being out in the street to clap the NHS, or supporting cherished local businesses through tough times, coronavirus has helped to renew a sense of local pride. Emerging from lockdown, and slowly returning to the high street, we might briefly marvel at the newfound café culture which has sprung up in towns and cities across the UK.…

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