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PostSubject: English Heritage Take Aim At Liverpool Waters   Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:14 pm

English Heritage Take Aim At Liverpool Waters

Published on 24-02-2011 by Skyscrapernews.com
Despite numerous changes, English Heritage has once again criticised the proposals by Peel Holdings for a massive new development on the banks of the Mersey, Liverpool Waters.

The Manchester-based property group has been working on a masterplan that could have a gross development value of £5.5 billion once completed that includes a series of potential skyscrapers, the tallest of which is currently scoped out at 195.65 metres.

With a cluster of skyscrapers centered around Princes Dock and the King Edward area, English Heritage is particularly concerned at the detrimental impact this could have on the neighbouring World Heritage Site. Peel however succeeded in renewing a planning proposal only weeks ago for one site on here that has yet to be developed, although the approved height of the building there is only a little over 100 metres.

Since it first surfaced Peel has reduced the scale of the buildings on the 60 hectare site, particularly around the Princes Dock area with the overall number of towers also being cut back, which has won over guarded approval from English Heritage as a step in the right direction - but ultimately not far enough. Originally Peel had hoped to build towers directly overlooking the Mersey, but they have now removed tall buildings from the waterline and set them further back towards land.

With this, it seems that Peel may have to reduce the scale of the towers further to win over their critics and avoid a public inquiry, however given the sheer scale of the project, and the general impact it will have on Liverpool, a public inquiry could well be expected in any case.

If approved the 1.4 million square metre scheme would be the largest of its type in the United Kingdom with 9,000 new homes, and the crowning glory of a 55-storey skyscraper dubbed the Shanghai Tower. Not one to shy away from big projects, Peel is currently in the midst of developing mediacity:UK at Salford Quays in Manchester.
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