Residents and businesses can find out more about a proposed four star hotel for Liverpool’s new cruise terminal facility this week.
Members of the project team will be on hand during a two-day information event, taking place from 2-7pm on Thursday (27 September) and 12-5pm on Friday (28 September).
A 200-bedroom complex is envisaged for the terminal, which will sit within the £5 billion Liverpool Waters regeneration site, and Wates Construction has been appointed to build the accommodation.
A lobby bar, café, restaurant, business suite and back of house facilities together with visitor parking, coach parking and a taxi pick-up and drop-off point are also lined up for the hotel.
The pre-planning application consultation sessions will be held on the first floor of the Cunard Building, and will be followed by the submission of a detailed planning application at the end of October.
Subject to planning approval, work is scheduled to commence in 2019 with completion expected in 2020.
The new cruise liner terminal, which will also include an off-site multi-storey car park, will enable the world’s largest cruise ships to dock at Liverpool and is expected to directly create more than 500 new jobs.
As Liverpool aims to capitalise further on the cruise boom and the £7 million its current terminal generates each year, the wider terminal plans also include a passenger and baggage facility complete with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick-up point.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Our new cruise liner terminal is vitally important to our growing tourism economy and will mean that once again we can welcome the greatest cruise ships in the world to the Mersey.
“The construction of this new terminal will mark a new chapter in the city’s maritime future as we create a world class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers.
“We are working with some of the very best in the construction industry to deliver these facilities to the very highest standards and the new hotel is a vital ingredient to the overall experience. As part of the planning application process it’s vital we hear from businesses and residents about this scheme and we look forward to their feedback.”
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority recently approved £20m funding from its Single Investment Fund for the new cruise terminal facility.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, adds: “As a combined authority we are committed to doing all we can to boost the city region’s economy for the benefit of all of our residents, which is why we are happy to provide this substantial support to one of the city council’s flagship initiatives.”
Princes Jetty and the land known as Plot 11 along Princes Parade, which are needed for the construction of the new cruise terminal and the hotel, will be gifted to Liverpool City Council by Peel Land and Property Ltd.
Site preparation works for the new facilities are expected to start in the new year, subject to approval of a Harbour Revision Order.
Darren Lawless, development director at Peel Land and Property Ltd, says: “We fully support our partners at Liverpool City Council, believing that developing this hotel will provide a valuable addition to the cruise liner terminal and perfectly complement the existing amenities at Liverpool Waters as well as the significant developments underway.
“We would encourage all those who are interested to learn more about the proposal to come along and have their say at the consultation.”