UNESCO and ICOMOS recognise benefits of Stonehenge tunnel plans

Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage welcome the ICOMOS/UNESCO report [1] which recognises the benefits a tunnel of at least 2.9km could bring to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, if it is designed and delivered well.

The report by the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is the result of an advisory mission to the World Heritage Site in October 2015. The report mirrors the views held jointly by Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage, in acknowledging that a fully-bored tunnel of at least 2.9km could help to significantly improve the World Heritage Site and that the design and location of all aspects of the road improvement scheme need to be carefully and fully considered [2].

Continue reading…

UNESCO and ICOMOS visit Stonehenge World Heritage Site – Government invites international heritage organisations to view A303 tunnel proposal

Visitors walking in the Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire. The landscape is studded with ancient monuments.

Visitors walking in the Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire. The landscape is studded with ancient monuments.

Following an invitation from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, ICOMOS, advisors to the World Heritage Committee and UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation will visit the Stonehenge World Heritage Site this week (27-30 October) and familiarise themselves with the site and the Government’s proposal for a new road tunnel of at least 2.9km to remove much of the A303 from the Stonehenge landscape. Continue reading…