Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site

UNESCO designated World Heritage Site in Liverpool, England

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Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Albert Dock at night
LocationLiverpool, North West England, England, United Kingdom
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii), (iv)
Reference1150
Inscription2004 (28th session)
Endangered2012–...
Area136 ha (340 acres)
Buffer zone750.5 ha (1,855 acres)
Websitewww.liverpoolworldheritage.com
Coordinates53°24′24″N 2°59′40″W / 53.40667°N 2.99444°W / 53.40667; -2.99444Coordinates: 53°24′24″N 2°59′40″W / 53.40667°N 2.99444°W / 53.40667; -2.99444
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is located in North West of England
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
Location of Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City in North West of England
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Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is located in the United Kingdom
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The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site in Liverpool, England. It comprises six locations in the city centre of Liverpool including the Pier Head, Albert Dock and William Brown Street,[1] and includes many of the city's most famous landmarks.

UNESCO received the city council's nomination for the six sites in January 2003 and in September of that year sent ICOMOS representatives to carry out an evaluation on the eligibility for these areas to be given World Heritage Status. In March 2004 ICOMOS recommended that UNESCO inscribe the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City as a World Heritage Site.[2]

The area was inscribed during the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004 under cultural criteria ii, iii and iv. Its inclusion by UNESCO was attributed to the fact that it was 'the supreme example of a commercial port at a time of Britain's greatest global influence'.[3]

In 2012, the site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to the proposed construction of Liverpool Waters project.

In July 2017, UNESCO warned that the city's status as a World Heritage Site was at risk of being rescinded in light of planning and development proposals, with English Heritage asserting that the proposed Liverpool Waters development would leave the setting of some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”.[4]

  1. ^ "Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City". UK Local Authority World Heritage Forum. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference ICOMOS was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Welcome to Liverpool World Heritage". Liverpool City Council. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  4. ^ Perraudin, Frances (3 October 2017). "Liverpool faces up to world heritage removal threat with taskforce". the Guardian.

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