Outside of the UK, Heritage Places has worked on World Heritage Sites in Europe and Asia, including projects in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Such work has involved: feeding an understanding of heritage, significance and development impacts into sub-regional and city master planning processes; capacity building for WHS management staff; auditing site management organisations; advising national and regional governments on prospective WHS nomination; preparing WHS management plan content; drafting protective regulations on behalf of municipalities; characterisation studies; creating inventories of heritage assets for classification/protection; facilitating community focus groups and running workshops to increase community understanding and engagement with heritage; and site condition monitoring.
English Heritage (now Historic England) commissioned us to prepare an independent heritage impact assessment of a major 60 hectare urban regeneration proposal – one of the largest such schemes in the UK – and its likely effects on the Outstanding Universal Value of the inscribed Liverpool Maritime Mercantile WHS. This involved a wide area assessment that included more than 30 individual designated heritage assets within the World Heritage Site, important non-designated archaeological assets in its buffer zone, two conservation areas, and more than 40 significant views.
At St Day in Cornwall, the Kier Group sought our advice on the Outstanding Universal Value of the inscribed Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape WHS, commissioning us to prepare a heritage statement to accompany a planning submission made to the local planning authority for residential development within the WHS boundary. The heritage understanding derived from this process helped shape the development proposal and its wider outcomes, leading to the grant of planning permission for the scheme.
Clients: English Heritage (Liverpool); Kier Group (St Day)