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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Kent countryside. Photo by Pankaj Shah on Unsplash

London Resort theme park firm disputes Kent site’s wildlife status

Developers hoping to build a £2.5bn theme park on a wildlife haven have challenged the site’s protected status. London Resort claims Natural England is attempting to “frustrate” its plans to build on Swanscombe Peninsula in Kent. The area was protected as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), due to its “enormous value as a green space and refuge” for people and wildlife. Conservationists said the objection was a “transparent” attempt to undermine the ecological importance of the site. An examination of plans to build the complex – including two theme…

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Mayfield Park c. Studio Egret West & Factory Fifteen

U+I’s hunt for Mayfield funding goes on

The developer is still looking for lenders to back the first phase offices and car park at the large Manchester project. The developer ……. [has] updated the stock market on the “root and branch review” of the business. Shares in U+I fell 5% on Wednesday morning as it reported a pre-tax loss of £86.7m in the year to April compared to a £58.6m loss the year before. The net asset value of its portfolio fell 30% to £202m. A series of disposals reduced debt to £72.1m, a gearing level of…

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