Maritime, Military & Industrial Heritage of the Atlantic Coast (MMIAH)

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been successful in being awarded delivery partner for the Interreg Atlantic Area project associated with developing the Maritime, Military and Industrial Heritage of the Atlantic Coast (MMIAH).

The initiative is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is designed to address the loss of identity of the coastal towns of the Atlantic Area. The project is specifically concerned with those parts of the area that are rich in their maritime, military and industrial heritage but have been neglected and in some instances, have fallen into disuse.

Through a series of work programmes, the project will help all partners map these assets and establish a series of master plans aimed at assessing their potential as visitor attractions.

Why Liverpool?

  • Seen as best practice example in terms of its significant heritage value and the catalytic effect the emergence of the Albert Dock has had on the wider regeneration of Liverpool’s waterfront.
  • It is a high profile Atlantic cultural city and has been transformed since it was designated European Capital of Culture in 2008
  • The city’s waterfront is iconic in that its forms part of the areas UNESCO World Heritage site and has a rich maritime past as a trading seaport.
  • The structures and partnerships that have been created to manage the waterfront are seen by many as best practice.
  • The City is well connected with the other districts of the city region and there are considerable opportunities to strengthen these relationships for the wider benefit of the water front and conserving its maritime and industrial heritage, whilst increasing visitor numbers.

The project will involve the LCR LEP leading one of the 7 proposed work programmes to evidence best practice in tourism regeneration. This will be delivered through a white paper based on a review of all of the partners assets that in turn will be used as a best practice guide for future regeneration of these assets.

The project will also fund three City Region projects at Tate Liverpool, Port Sunlight (Port Sunlight Village Trust) and in Southport (Sefton Council).

Work programmes

The 7 work programmes making up the project comprise:-

  • Work programme 0 – Project preparation
  • Work programme 1 – Project coordination
  • Work programme 2 – Communication
  • Work programme 3 – Capitalisation
  • Work programme 4 – Analysis and study of the evolution for the cities through their MMI heritage
  • Work programme 5 – Elaboration of the director and management plan of the MMI heritage of the coastal edge of the Atlantic Area
  • Work programme 6 – Implementation of alternative uses and tourist and cultural valorisation of patrimonial elements
  • Work programme 7 – Tourist positioning of the MMI heritage of the Atlantic Area

Of the 7 work programmes, those associated with 0 – 2 relate to project management and project communications. Work programmes 3 – 7 focus on the review, development and delivery of MMI. The culmination of this activity will be a white paper setting out the resulting best practice/learnings from this project in terms of regenerated MMI assets that can be used to support development in other destinations/cities.

Working sequentially with each other, the intended outcomes for WP4 is the development of an evolutionary study for each participating city to assess the development (over a set period of time) of the MMI heritage of that area. Using the findings of the evolutionary study, WP5 requires project partners to identify best practice examples of the recovery and management of MMI assets in their areas and then prioritise development opportunities through the creation of a director plan. The final element to WP5 is the delivery of a management plan that will set out proposals for the developing the assets identified in the director plan.


Project aims:

  • Knowledge sharing and best practice.
  • Positioning Liverpool as an exemplar on a pan – European stage.
  • New partnerships – domestic and international.
  • Consolidating the LCR LEP as a knowledge leader, ambassador and facilitator of growth in VE development.
  • Supporting tangible economic development and revitalisation of cultural assets

The LEP has established a LCR Interreg Stakeholder Group (ISG). Their role will determine local strategy, reviewing evidence gathered and offering advice for the MMIAH project. The ISG meets approximately four times each year and initial tasks for the ISG include mapping and identifying the industrial and maritime heritage assets of the local project areas before undertaking a full evaluation.

For more information, please contact Peter Sandman on