Liverpool City Council has appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to lead the technical team on its £50m permanent cruise terminal facility.
The team comprises architect Stride Treglown, cost manager Gardiner & Theobald, JLL as planning consultant, and landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver.
The team will initially work up detailed designs before submitting a planning application for the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade, later this year. Ramboll would then project manage and assist with ongoing monitoring of construction, as well as assisting with contractor procurement.
Supplementary elements at the facility could include a 200-room hotel and 1,100-space car park. However, the car park may yet be located further north, to support projects such as Ten Streets and Everton’s proposed Bramley Moore Dock stadium.
Liverpool is keen to accommodate next-generation turnaround cruises, which carry up to 3,600 passengers. Last year the city welcomed more than 60 vessels, with 120,000 passengers and crew.
Ramboll has previously worked on both Liverpool’s Princes Dock and the existing cruise liner terminal, which opened in 2007.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool needs a new cruise facility so that we can provide the next generation of super liners and passengers with a world class welcome and a five-star experience. Appointing Ramboll to lead this very experienced technical team is a key step in ensuring we develop a facility to the highest standards.”
Dave Grove, project director at Ramboll, said: “Having personally worked in the quayside area throughout my 20 year career at Ramboll, I am confident that we can deliver a design that will meet the highest standards.”
Liverpool City Council will now submit an outline business case for a £20m contribution to the facility from the Liverpool Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.
The council recently approved a £20m waterfront link road to support the cruise terminal and a new Isle of Man ferry terminal, due to begin construction by 2019.
Peel has gifted the Princes Jetty site to the city. Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, said: “There is a real buzz around Liverpool Waters and the waterfront at the moment, with a constant stream of good news. This latest development is a further sign of our joint commitment to the Liverpool Waters project and the wider city region.”