The go-ahead has been granted for the detailed design of a long-awaited Liverpool cruise terminal.
The 10,000 sq.m terminal will be built on a suspended deck on steel piles in the river, spanning two floors. It will include a baggage hall in the ground floor plus a passenger lounge, cafe and check-in on the first floor.
The plans will see the derelict Princes Jetty on the River Mersey dismantled, with construction of the new terminal taking place on the site.
Preparation works for the new facility is expected to start in the new year.
The cruise terminal is expected to directly create an unspecified number of local jobs.
The proposal will enable cruise ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers to embark and disembark at Liverpool.
The new terminal will be situated within a £5 billion Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme.
Liverpool City Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the application for the detailed design of the development, following outline planning permission being granted in April 2018.
The scheme will also include new public open space, hard and soft landscaping, and associated car and coach servicing arrangements.
The council is also investing £32 million in upgrading the A565 to support the new cruise facility and north docklands, and is gearing up to create a £20 million link road to the waterfront to support a new £30 million Isle of Man Ferry terminal.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is the latest milestone in the re-emergence of Liverpool as a cruise destination.
“We are creating a world-class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers, and working with some of the very best in the construction industry to deliver the facilities.”
Darran Lawless, development director, Peel L&P for Liverpool Waters, said: ‘‘Planning permission being granted for the new cruise terminal is fantastic news for the city boosting the economy, creating new jobs and providing an opportunity to welcome tourists from around the world.
“Peel L&P gifted the land required for the new terminal at Princes Dock, Liverpool Waters to the City Council, ensuring Liverpool has the ability to accommodate growth from the cruise leisure industry and high level of interest in Liverpool and the north-west from the world’s largest cruise ships.”
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