Construction of the £31m ferry terminal at Liverpool Waters is on course to begin in the summer after the city council gave the scheme the green light at planning committee.
Designed by architect The Manser Practice and funded by the Isle of Man Government, the project will see a 30,000 sq ft terminal built at the site, which sits within the wider £5bn Liverpool Waters.
Place North West first revealed contractor Sisk had been appointed to the project last month and work will start in the summer; the project is due to hand over in October 2020, and the first ferries are expected to be up and running by the end of that year.
Vehicle access will be via a link road, currently being delivered by Liverpool City Council, while the development also includes some office space which will be occupied by the Isle of Man Government.
The Isle of Man Government signed a long-term leasehold with Peel, understood to be for around 190 years, on the site in September last year. The construction value of the scheme is around £20m, while the GDV is around £30m. Aecom is also working on the project alongside The Manser Practice.
Chief minister of the Isle of Man Government Howard Quayle said: “Gaining planning consent is brilliant news, and the next step in delivering this vital project.
“The need to secure such a strategically important asset was acknowledged in the Programme for Government and we now look forward to seeing the Island’s new terminal take shape.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, added: “The new Isle of Man Ferry 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 are delighted it now has planning approval and can 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.’
Chris Coupland of architect The Manser Practice said: “This project signifies the culmination of nearly two years’ hard work to create a design that respects the site’s heritage and its standing as a World Heritage site, whilst continuing the historic marine uses of the waterfront.
“We have masterplanned the whole site which has been finely tuned to passengers’ movement. Our aim has been to bring a clarity of design and organisation to the site and building. We look forward to the design being realised.”
Ahead of the planning committee, planning officers said: “The new ferry terminal will consolidate and improve an historic ferry connection which has operated for over 200 years connecting the city to the Isle of Man.
“It will also create a number of new jobs and unlock other development opportunities bringing in further investment in to the docklands. The development will provide a new area of public realm and open access to private land creating a new pedestrian route along the dockside.
“It will re-introduce an active maritime use into currently derelict docks enlivening the waterfront and reinforcing the strong identity and sense of place that exists in West Waterloo Dock and Princes Half Tide Dock by building on the existing local built and cultural heritage.”