Liverpool seeks design team for new Cruise Terminal

Liverpool City Council has launched a Europe wide search to design a potential new cruise terminal on the River Mersey.

The authority is seeking to appoint a highly skilled technical team to advise on the detailed design and development of a new permanent facility at the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade.

An OJEU (Official Journal of the European Communities) notice has been placed inviting tenders, which would include the task of managing the facility’s overall potential delivery and construction, with a deadline for submissions by Monday, 23 January 2017.

The advert is part of the council’s strategy to explore how a new terminal could replace the current facility at the Pier Head, which opened in September 2007.

Larger in size, the new terminal which would sit just 300 metres down river and would be able to handle turnaround cruises with up to 3,600 passengers.

The new facility, if completed, would include a much larger passenger and baggage terminal, passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank, vehicle pick up point and a car park. Liverpool City Council is also carrying out further maritime and infrastructure investigations, impact assessments and surveys

The number of vessels visiting Liverpool since it became a turnaround facility in 2012 has doubled from 31 to 63 with passenger numbers up from 38,000 four years ago to over 100,000 passengers and crew expected in 2017, generating more than £7 million for the local economy through spending while on shore.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “‘’Liverpool Cruise terminal has been one of the city’s great success stories but we’re now at the stage where we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super liners.

“This tendering process for a design technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards.

“In terms of jobs and economic impact a new cruise facility would be a huge boost to our and the support we’ve received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging for its long term future.

Angie Redhead, Head of Cruise Operations and also Chair of CruiseBritain 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 showreel has now been produced promoting the city’s cruise offer. It can be viewed online at www.cruise-liverpool.com

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