Liverpool City Council has appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to lead a highly skilled technical team to develop a new permanent Cruise Terminal on the River Mersey.

The multi-disciplinary design team, who have been appointed after a European wide tendering process, includes architects Stride Treglown, cost managers Gardiner & Theobald, global planning and property consultants JLL, and landscape architects Hyland Edgar Driver.

The team will initially work on developing a detailed design on the proposed £50m passenger facility before submitting a planning application for the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade, later this year.

Further applications could potentially include supplemental projects with a new 200 room hotel and 1,100+ multi-storey car park to enhance the city’s capabilities in handling the next generation of turnaround cruises, which can carry up to 3,600 passengers.

Last year Liverpool welcomed more than 60 vessels, with 120,000 passengers and crew, but wants to capitalise on the cruise boom by creating a new passenger and baggage facility complete with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick up point.

Subject to planning approval the Ramboll team would then project manage and assist with ongoing monitoring of construction of the new facility, as well as assisting with contractor procurement.

The Ramboll team will be drawing on over 20 years’ experience of working on cruise liner terminals in the UK, and over 30 years of experience in marine structure design.

Angie Redhead, Head of Cruise Development and also Chair of Cruise Britain said ’’Liverpool’s cruise industry has blossomed over the past decade, helping to transform the tourism appeal of Liverpool and give the Mersey a new lease of life. I’m privileged to be part of such a thriving, dynamic and forward thinking maritime community in the city I love and I’m really looking forward to our continued growth and success in the future as we develop plans for a new, larger cruise terminal.”

Liverpool was named the UK’s best port of call in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and scooped Destination of the Year by Seatrade Global in September 2015.

A special showreel has now been produced promoting the city’s cruise offer. It can be viewed online at www.cruise-liverpool.com