Liverpool City Council is recruiting a design team for a new cruise liner terminal on Princes Parade in the heart of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage zone
The lead adviser and multidisciplinary team chosen for the £5 million contract will draw up detailed plans for a permanent passenger port next to Liverpool’s iconic Three Graces.
The new facility will double the capacity of the city’s existing cruise terminal (pictured) which opened on the River Mersey 10 years ago and now handles around 80,000 passengers annually.
Its replacement will be built at the former Princes Jetty, around 300m from the existing cruise terminal, and will host larger ships of up to 3,600 passengers once it opens, and is expected to serve as a base for soon-to-be-reintroduced transatlantic crossings.
The project will include a passenger departure lounge, passport control area, café, toilets, taxi rank and car park. It is planned to complete in 2020.
Commenting on the search for a design team, city mayor Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo: ‘Liverpool’s cruise industry has blossomed over the past decade, helping to transform the tourism appeal of Liverpool and give the Mersey a new lease of life.
‘It has been one of the city’s great success stories, but we’re now at the stage where we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super liners. This tendering process for a design technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards.’
The search comes six months after Anderson rejected UNESCO’s proposal for a two-year moratorium on new development at the city’s World Heritage Site, saying it would stifle growth.
In 2016 the city, which received World Heritage Site status in 2004, retained its place on the List of World Heritage in Danger for the fourth year running.
The riverside UNESCO site has been considered under threat since 2012 owing to the potential impact of Chapman Taylor’s controversial £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters high-rise scheme, which is backed by developer Peel.
The appointed team will project manage delivery of the cruise liner terminal and develop designs from RIBA Stage 2 to 3 or 4 ahead of the procurement of a design and build contractor.
The deadline for applications is 10am, 23 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Liverpool City Council
Tel: +44 1512330585