Plans have emerged to transform Liverpool’s Cunard Building into a cruise terminal for baggage handling and check-in.

The Grade II-listed dockside building housed the headquarters and terminal for Cunard until the 1990s and has since been used as office space.

The city council wants to take over the lease and house 1,000 of its office staff there, saving £1.35 million a year, the BBC reported.

Cruise passengers are currently using a temporary facility on the waterfront.

The building is the centre of the waterfront’s “Three Graces”, which also includes the Royal Liver building and the Port of Liverpool building.

It is owned by the Merseyside Pension Fund and is partially occupied by a number of small companies.

Council officers said the plan would boost tourism and investment in the city.

The proposal will be considered by the council on October 11.