Liverpool City Council is on the hunt for a consultant to help deliver its much-anticipated £50m cruise terminal.
The council is seeking a consultant to carry out site investigation and prepare tender documents for the development, which is located at the former Princes Jetty, off the city’s Princess Parade.
Previous plans to build a cruise liner terminal at the city’s historic Cunard Building, which would have cost £15m, were scrapped in 2014.
At the time, mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said the costs of transporting passengers from the existing cruise berth to the Cunard Building would have been both infeasible and financially impractical.
But the new terminal is expected to provide additional regeneration opportunities for the area.
This includes new facilities such as passport control, a passenger lounge and café, taxi rank, vehicle pick-up point, coach layover area and a car park, all on the site of the currently derelict Princes Jetty.
It will provide facilities to allow cruise liners to begin and end their journeys in the city and will have the capacity to handle 3,600 embarking and disembarking passengers – double the amount of the city’s existing facility.
Developer Peel owns both the Princes Jetty and the adjoining Princes Parade.
It is hoped that the scheme will allow regular transatlantic cruises from Liverpool to be reintroduced for the first time since 1968.
The consultancy contract will include a comprehensive site investigation, such as drilling boreholes to establish ground conditions within both the River Mersey at the Princess Jetty site and also on the land side of the cruise terminal.
It will also involve surveys to establish the depth of the silt, as well as relevant laboratory testing to establish the properties of the materials, the depth and strength of the sandstone bedrock and the condition of the existing dock walls.