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 would sit just 300 metres down river and would be able to handle turnaround cruises with up to 3,600 passengers.
At this stage it is envisaged that a two storey building would be built on reclaimed land on the River Mersey as well as the construction of a new quay wall and changes on Princes Parade to allow coaches to drop off and pick up passengers.
It follows a doubling in the number of vessels visiting Liverpool since it became a turnaround facility in 2012 – up from 31 to 63.
Passenger numbers are up from 38,656 four years ago to almost 79,000 this year plus 35,000 crew – generating more than £7 million for the local economy through spending while on shore.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson 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.
”It 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 and the support we’ve received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging for its long term future.”
Liverpool City Council is also carrying out further maritime and infrastructure investigations, impact assessments and surveys and is working closely with Peel, which owns the Princes Jetty in its Liverpool Waters scheme.
DID YOU KNOW:
Liverpool was named UK’s best port of call for two years running in 2013 and 2014 and scooped Destination of the Year by Seatrade Global in September 2015.
Earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line came to Britain for the first time and Liverpool was one of just two English destinations they sailed in to.