A 200-room hotel and a 1,100+ multi-storey car park could form part of a package for passengers as Liverpool’s cruise terminal vision moves forward.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet members will be asked to approve the plan for the package next week, as well as endorsing the selection of a technical team to design the new facility on the River Mersey.
Located 300 meters north of the current facility, the proposed permanent terminal would be developed at the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade, and would be able to handle a new generation of turnaround cruises carrying up to 3,600 passengers.
At the moment the Pier Head terminal is said to generate more than £7 million a year to Liverpool’s economy, and a new and bigger development would aim to capitalise further on the cruise industry as it would incorporate passport control, a lounge, a café, toilets, a taxi rank and a vehicle pick-up point.
According to Liverpool City Council, negotiations are currently underway with the Duchy of Lancaster and Peel Land and Property to obtain new leases and purchase land.
Ahead of the cabinet meeting on 21 April, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Liverpool’s cruise industry has transformed our tourism appeal and given the Mersey a new lease of life.
‘’It has been one of the city’s great success stories of the past decade but we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super liners and give passengers a full five star experience.
“Appointing a technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards.
“A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to transform the North Liverpool docklands and the support we’ve already received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging.’’
The move to press ahead with the project comes as Liverpool prepares to celebrate 10 years of success at the Pier Head facility in 2017, with a host of celebrations and special cruise ship visits lined up throughout the year.
If the technical team’s appointment is approved, the city council will submit an outline business case for a £20m contribution from the Liverpool Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund by 29 May.
If that stage is passed, the project will then move to the final stage of a full business case, and a technical team would work on the details with a view to submit an outline planning application later in the year.