The Isle of Man Government has released designs for the proposed ferry terminal at Princes Half Tide Dock ahead of a planning application next month.
The designs by architect The Manser Practice have outlined the £30m project, part of the wider £5bn Liverpool Waters development, which is scheduled to open in late 2020.
Facilities include a riverside footbridge which will link the terminal to a proposed hotel, set to be built to serve both the Isle of Man terminal and the nearby cruise liner terminal, as well as the local area, which is due to start construction early next year.
Vehicle access will be via a link road, currently being delivered by Liverpool City Council.
Funding for the terminal is still subject to approval by Tynwald, the Isle of Man’s parliament, but if this is successful, the project it is likely to begin following planning approval with an application expected next month. A main contractor is yet to be appointed.
The Isle of Man Government signed a long-term leasehold with Peel on the site early last month.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “The new Isle of Man Terminal is a critical piece in our regeneration plans for the north shore of Liverpool. The city council is investing a huge amount of money in the transport infrastructure to support this new facility and we look forward to its completion.
“The Isle of Man and Liverpool have a historic relationship and this new ferry terminal will cement our strong links and forge even closer ties into the future.”
Isle of Man infrastructure minister Ray Harmer added: “The proposed terminal has been designed to combine a high standard of civil engineering with a high-quality building.
“Passengers’ needs have been at the forefront of the design process, with comfortable and modern facilities housed in a building which will serve generations of travellers well for many years to come.”
The announcement follows confirmation the city’s cruise terminal had secured a £20m grant to allow construction to begin in earnest. This new terminal will host cruise ships year round, and will be built by contractor McLaughlin & Harvey. It sits roughly opposite the proposed Isle of Man terminal. Nearby, the city council is working up plans for a 200-bed hotel with contractor Wates, while an 1,800-space car park will also be built as part of the development.
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