The first phase of construction on Liverpool’s new Cruise Liner Terminal has begun.
An overwater jack-up platform has arrived in the River Mersey to begin site investigations on the bedrock on which much of the new facility will be built.
The new facility, which replace the current terminal, will enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruise ships to its UNESCO listed World Heritage waterfront.
The jack-up platform will be working for approximately four weeks in order to establish the strength of the seabed near to the Princes Jetty.
Working around the clock, drillers, engineering geologists and support crew will be drilling a total of seven boreholes into the river bedrock, extracting and testing rock samples, to understand the geological layers – or strata – present beneath the site.
Geotechnical engineers are simultaneously drilling a further seven boreholes on land in Princes Parade to carry out ground investigations.
The results for both river and land tests will then determine the design of the piled foundations for the terminal, which will contain a suspended deck, and the associated facilities.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “It is a symbolic moment for the next chapter in the city’s maritime future as these site investigations will determine the foundations upon which our new cruise terminal will be built.”
Liverpool City Council recently appointed building and civil engineering contractors McLaughlin & Harvey to carry out the first stage of a two stage design and build contract.
The first stage will consist of supporting the council’s appointed design team, led by Ramboll UK, to finalise the design and construction method, including completing enabling works such as the controlled dismantling of the existing derelict Princess Jetty, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land and Property.
The main contract works involve the construction on a suspended deck structure and the erection of a vehicular linkspan bridge and pedestrian bridge/walkway to connect the new terminal to the existing landing stage.
It also includes improvements to the existing landing stage, including modification of existing buildings such as the lower cruise terminal reception building, relocation of the building on the northern end of the pontoon and creation of an ancillary buildings for storage and use by operational staff; improvements to Princes Parade to incorporate pedestrian crossing facilities, provision of terminal parking, pickup and drop off facilities, and supporting development.
An outline planning application for the new facility was approved by the council’s planning committee in April. Site preparation at Princes Dock, in Liverpool Waters, is expected to start in October 2018.
Further planning applications could potentially include supplementary projects with a new 200 room hotel and 1,700+ multi-storey car park to enhance the city’s capabilities in handling the next generation of turnaround cruises, which can carry up to 3,600 passengers.