Authorities in Liverpool yesterday (August 19) approved a £950,000 ($1.2m) feasibility study into proposed new cruise terminal development.

The west coast United Kingdom port has long held ambitions to expand its offer with the building of a purpose built facility capable of attracting additional turnaround business and handling up to 3,600 cruise passengers.

Liverpool’s existing cruise berth opened 9 years ago with the aim of securing day calls. A temporary passenger facility was subsequently added in 2012 and the city now attracts turnaround as well as transit business. 

The River Mersey terminal is this year scheduled to handle 61 vessels and 76,000 passenger who are able to disembark directly onto the city’s world famous, UNESCO World Heritage Site waterfront.

A report to the City Council’s ruling Cabinet set out next steps in the development plan and the need for detailed investigations, impact assessments and surveys. Councillors gave the go ahead to the work which will be led by a consortia of technical specialists including Ove Arup & Partners, Royal Haskoning DV, Tuner and Townsend and KKA Architects.

Image: (The old jetty down at Princes Dock, close to the Pier Head - the proposed site for new Liverpool Cruise Terminal)

A footprint for the planned development has already been identified. It will require demolition of a former timber landing stage, which once handled Liverpool’s transatlantic services until the late 1960s, and construction of a platform in the river to accommodate the new terminal. It is envisaged that this building will be on two levels built on reclaimed land.

Liverpool’s 2016 cruise schedule is estimated to generate an income of $8.5m (£6.5m) for the city’s economy. Timescales for the phase of work approved today have not yet been set.