The £50m terminal was scheduled to complete in 2022 but delays caused by the pandemic and Brexit mean it likely will not be ready until 2023, the council said
For construction of the 108,000 sq ft terminal to begin, the Marine Management Organisation, the national body responsible for marine planning, needs to submit a ‘harbour revision order’ requesting permission to carry out the work.
However, the submission of the request has been delayed because of Brexit and Covid-19, according to Liverpool City Council, and the order is now expected to be submitted next spring.
A report to the council’s culture, tourism and events committee said: “The construction planning for the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal continues. Once we have [the HRO], works will commence on site.
“Completion is anticipated for 2023 if all timelines on the critical path are not compromised due to Covid.”
The terminal, due to be built at the Princes Jetty on Princes Dock, is planned to comprise two floors with a baggage hall on the ground floor, and a passenger lounge, café and check-in desks on the first floor.
The building will be connected to the existing cruise ship landing stage by a link-span bridge for vehicles, and a pedestrian walkway.
McLaughlin & Harvey has been appointed as the main contractor for the project. Agency JLL is the planning consultant. Structural engineer Ramboll, architect Stride Treglown, cost manager Gardiner & Theobald and landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver make up the project team.
Liverpool City Council granted outline consent for the project in 2018, the same year Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approved a £20m grant to help deliver the scheme.