Plans for a new £50M Liverpool cruise ship terminal are on track following the appointment of the main contractor, the local authority has confirmed.
Liverpool City Council awarded an as-yet unnamed contractor the first stage of the design and build contract at a cabinet meeting last week. The contractor will be named at the end of the month after a call-in period to allow the plan to be scrutinised by councillors.
The first stage of the contract is for pre-construction services including the demolition of the existing jetty, progressing the design and procuring sub-contractors. The second stage – the main construction contract – will be awarded in the autumn.
The project will involve the construction of a cruise passenger terminal on a suspended deck, a linkspan bridge for vehicles and a pedestrian bridge to connect the new terminal to the existing landing stage.
Ramboll led the technical team, including architects Stride Treglown, planning and property consultants JLL and landscape architects Hyland Edgar Driver, to take the scheme to planning. An outline planning application was made by the council in November last year with a decision expected next month.
A report to the council executive from the director of regeneration and employment services said: “The award of stage one of the works contract represents a significant advance in the detail of the design and costing of the new cruise terminal.”
Aecom was chosen to manage site investigation work for the terminal last year. This includes geophysical surveys and installation of a jack-up drilling rig.