UNSECO announced on 21st July 2021 that the world heritage status for Liverpool would be revoked.
Falconer Chester Hall’s managing director, Adam Hall, gives his reaction to the decision:
Liverpool has a big, dynamic economy that has been successfully re-structured in recent decades and I don’t think this decision will derail the city’s growth. I never saw any proof that UNESCO’s accreditation, welcome as it was, was a decisive factor in the city’s booming tourism market, for example.
“What the city’s growth has shown over the last twenty years is that Liverpool has walked a very careful middle course between conservation and regeneration based on good, modern architecture and a responsive planning regime. I have been of the view that this has worked very well and that the city is the better for it. It’s a pity that UNESCO think differently.
“The city still has regeneration challenges and many historic sites and buildings lend themselves well to re-use. Others, perhaps not, but the need to grow the economy and provide work have to be taken into consideration. Liverpool will continue to grow and prosper.