A team featuring Stride Treglown has been chosen for a new £50 million cruise liner terminal on Princes Parade in the heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage zone
The team, led by engineer Ramboll, topped an undisclosed international shortlist to win the publicly tendered £5 million contract to draw up detailed plans for a permanent passenger port next to Liverpool’s iconic Three Graces.
The 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 120,000 passengers annually, generating more than £7 million a year for Liverpool’s economy.
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. It is also 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.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: ‘Liverpool needs a new cruise facility so that we can provide the next generation of super liners and passengers with a world-class welcome and a five-star experience.
‘Appointing Ramboll to lead this very experienced technical team is a key step in ensuring we develop a facility to the highest standards. A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs.’
Ramboll project director Dave Grove added: ‘The whole design team is extremely proud to have secured the position of technical advisers, and look forward to supporting Liverpool City Council in this exciting endeavour.
‘The cruise ship terminal project is one of vital importance to the city, and will secure the future of this new cornerstone in Liverpool’s economy. Having personally worked in the quayside area throughout my 20-year career at Ramboll, I am confident that we can deliver a design that will meet the highest standards and needs of all who will use the facility.’
The appointment comes almost a year 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.
The city received World Heritage Site status in 2004, but for the last four years has been on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.
The riverside 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.
Last month Liverpool City Council’s cabinet approved plans for the new terminal facility, including two additional projects: a new 200-room hotel at Princes Dock and a 1,100-plus space multi-storey car park, potentially in a location north of Leeds Street.
The report to the cabinet suggested a hotel similar in type to the 219-bed Pullman Hotel, which the council previously developed at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. The local authority is reviewing locations north of Leeds Street for the car park.
The council is in negotiations with the Duchy of Lancaster and Peel Land and Property to obtain new leases and purchase land.
Following the appointment of the cruise terminal technical team, the council will now submit an outline business case for a £20 million contribution from the Liverpool Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. If that stage is successfully passed, the project will progress to a full business case.
The technical team will then work on the projects with a view to submitting outline planning application later in the year.