Liverpool’s new cruise terminal has taken one step closer to becoming a reality as councillors prepare to endorse the selection of a consultant team for the project.
Councillors will be asked next week to sign off the appointment of a technical team for the £50m terminal, which is set to replace the existing facilities in the city and allow Liverpool to cater for larger cruise ships.
A report to the council also suggested land around the terminal has further potential for development, with one option being a 1,100-space multi-storey car park and a 200-bed hotel.
The land identified for the hotel is currently owned by Peel Property Holdings, but the council has reached an agreement with Peel to purchase the site as part of the delivery of the new terminal.
The report also said early contractor engagement would be “beneficial” to the project, with the technical team aiming to get a contractor in place “as early as possible”.
It added that the preferred contractor for the scheme would not be expected to bring its own design team, with the appointed technical team advancing the design to RIBA stage 4.
Following approval to appoint the technical team next week, the council will then submit an outline business case for a £20m contribution from the Liverpool Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund by 29 May.
If approved, the project will then progress to the final stage – a full business case – with an outline planning application submitted later this year.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool’s cruise industry has transformed our tourism appeal and given the Mersey a new lease of life.
“It has been one of the city’s great success stories of the past decade but we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of superliners and give passengers a full five-star experience.
“Appointing a technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and, if we can, [ensuring] we do it to the highest standards.
“A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to transform the north Liverpool docklands and the support we’ve already received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging.”
The council started the search for 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, in December last year.
Princes Jetty falls within Peel’s £5bn Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme.
Previous plans to build a cruise liner terminal at the city’s historic Cunard Building, which would have cost £15m, were scrapped in 2014.