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Liverpool approves £31m Isle of Man ferry terminal

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.”

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It is truly appalling that a report on today’s Planning Committee meeting can totally fail to mention the serious heritage issues raised at the meeting by local residents and councillors. Shame on you for such a one-sided piece of “journalism”.

By Paul Burnell

I’m glad this was approved, roll on Summer now.

By Anonymous

Glad and much needed for the City Region again roll on

By Dan

Paul – maybe today with sun shining PNW wanted to concentrate on the positive benefit the scheme will bring and not the perceived negative.



With all respects, most people’s idea of heritage is not publicly inaccessible or derelict dockland. The idea of preserving views of the Waterloo Warehouse is not a heritage issue. The remaining Waterloo warehouse was once obscured from view by even taller dock buildings ( sadly since demolished) than the current modern ones that sit in front of it now. When Liverpool’s docks were in full flow – heritage ‘views’ were not an issue; commerce and practicality were.

The new developments are very welcome. and long over-due.They will for the first time in many decades make this stretch of dockland accessible to the public, as well as bringing new facilities for nearby residents. Plus the whole area will be considerably smarter than it is now.

Opposing development here is a total waste of your time; better to push for the sorts of designs and facilities that you would like to see.


Nearly made a joke about someone starting a ‘no ferries in the docks!’ campaign. But lo, Paul suggests it isn’t a joke….

I cannot think of a single better thing on this site for Liverpool than it once again being home to a major, well designed, shipping terminal, bringing it back into use for what it was intended, adding to the shipping industry and animation on the River.

But hey, some luxury flat dwellers want their views protected so….


Many years ago I rented an apartment in Waterloo Warehouse and attended a residents’ meeting. There was lots of moaning about freight along the dock road and I made myself hugely unpopular by pointing out that if people didn’t like trucks and ships, why did they buy a home in the middle of a working port?

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, eh, Paul Burnell?

By Sceptical

Amen to all the serious comments here, as Neo Bankside residents found out recently at Tate Modern, you can’t ‘buy’ a view in a city, even in a city like London

By LEighteen

Great news

By Carl

I could n’t agree more with all the objectors( My loyal subjects?), why not stop there and return most of South Liverpool to it’s original habitat, the Royal Toxteth Hunting Park( Ahem!, mine I believe) not out of interest of course for my hunting etc, but please think of the peasants with nowhere to go?

By King John(You may call Me Sire)

Will it include a Lidl?

By Mikes mate

A wonderful piece of news! Make sure a right of way is established across this Waterfront site with the aim of eventually linking the whole north docks area similar to the South Docks. This will ensure a vibrant Waterfront to the benefit of all.

By Roscoe

JA – You clearly have no respect for the City’s WHS status; I feel another UNESCO moment coming on.


My views on the new Isle of Man ferry terminal are a matter of public record – given that I made them clear at last Tuesday’s Planning Committee in the Town Hall. I spoke wholeheartedly IN FAVOUR of the Isle of Man proposal. My only concern was the fact that the plans involve further dock infill – which is opposed by English Heritage and the World Heritage committee.

By Paul Burnell