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Committee Decisions

28 COM 14B.49

Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City)

The World Heritage Committee,


1. Inscribes Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City, United Kingdom, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv):


Criterion (ii): Liverpool was a major centre generating innovative technologies and methods in dock construction and port management in the 18th and 19th centuries. It thus contributed to the building up of the international mercantile systems throughout the British Commonwealth.


Criterion (iii): The city and the port of Liverpool are an exceptional testimony to the development of maritime mercantile culture in the 18th and 19th centuries,
contributing to the building up of the British Empire. It was a centre for the slave trade, until its abolition in 1807, and for emigration from northern Europe to America.


Criterion (iv): Liverpool is an outstanding example of a world mercantile port city, which represents the early development of global trading and cultural connections throughout the British Empire.


2. Recommends that the authorities pay particular attention to monitoring the processes of change in the World Heritage areas and their surroundings in order
not to adversely impact the property. This concerns especially changes in use and new construction.


3. Requests that the State Party, in applying its planning procedures rigorously, assure that:


   a) the height of any new construction in the World Heritage property not exceed that of structures in the immediate surroundings,
   b) the character of any new construction respect the qualities of the historic area,
   c) new construction at the Pier Head should not dominate, but complement the historic Pier Head buildings;