Four contractors, including Bam Nuttall and John Sisk, are battling to build Liverpool’s £50m cruise terminal, with the council hopeful work can start in March this year.
Tender documents were issued for the terminal in November last year, and Place North West understands four bidders – Bam Nuttall, Graham, John Sisk & Son, and McLaughlin & Harvey – have joined the race for the £50m development.
The three-year project, which is earmarked to start in March this year and complete in 2020, includes the dismantling of the existing structures on the site, including Princes Jetty, and the construction of a new terminal on a suspended dock structure.
A vehicle and pedestrian bridge will also link the new terminal to an existing landing, while the contractor will also modify other existing buildings including the lower cruise terminal reception building and improve public realm as part of the works.
One of the bidders will be awarded the main contract once the contract value has been finalised.
The winning contractor will work alongside structural engineer Ramboll, architect Stride Treglown, cost manager Gardiner & Theobald, planner JLL, and landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver. Aecom is also working on the project, supervising site investigation works.
The new cruise liner terminal is part of the city’s plans to capitalise on increased cruise traffic after the current terminal welcomed more than 120,000 passengers and crew in 2016. A public consultation on the plans was held in September, and a planning application was submitted late last year, although this has not yet been approved by Liverpool City Council.
All four contractors and Liverpool City Council have been contacted for comment.