Liverpool City Council and architect Stride Treglown have outlined the latest vision for the city’s £50m cruise liner terminal ahead of construction work starting early next year.
The 108,000 sq ft terminal, due to be built at the Princes Jetty on Princes Dock, will be built on two floors with a baggage hall on the ground floor, and the passenger lounge, café, and check-in desks on the first floor.
The building will also be connected to the existing cruise ship landing stage by a link-span bridge for vehicles and a pedestrian walkway.
While investigative works have already started, construction of the terminal will begin with the dismantling of the redundant jetty, followed by building a new jetty on which the terminal building will sit. As well as the terminal building, the project includes new public open space featuring hard and soft landscaping.
Outline planning permission was granted for the project in April this year, and designs are now at RIBA Stage 4 ahead of a reserved matters application being submitted next month. McLaughlin & Harvey is the main contractor, while Ramboll is lead designer working alongside Stride Treglown.
Subject to a harbour revision order, which the city council has applied for, construction of the terminal is expected to begin early next year.
Gorden Tero, director at Stride Treglown, said: “The Liverpool Cruise Terminal is a new gateway to a beautiful city, loved the world over. We have acknowledged the historic setting, whilst also looking to the future, and reflected the excitement of travel in our architecture. We designed the new terminal to be open and outward-looking.
“Expansive glass walls frame far-reaching views across the city and out to the Irish Sea, and a zinc skin will shimmer with tones of the River Mersey. A concrete plinth, upon which the building sits, is a modern interpretation of the old dock walls.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “The new cruise liner terminal is a key element in plans to further boost our flourishing visitor economy, which is now worth more than £4.5bn a year to the city region’s economy and provides more than 53,000 jobs. Attracting more visitors, in bigger ships, will give a boost not just to businesses in the city centre, but around the city region, indirectly creating additional jobs for local people across the supply chain
The professional team also includes planner JLL and cost consultant Turner & Townsend.