Liverpool Cruise Terminal

  • Location

    Liverpool

  • Client

    Liverpool City Council

  • Value

    £50m

  • Completion

    2020

A new gateway to a beautiful city, loved the world over.

Liverpool is a major destination in the global cruise industry. In 2016, the city welcomed more than 60 vessels, with 120,000 passengers and crew.

Liverpool City Council sought to replace the existing facility to create a five-star experience for passengers.

Following a European wide tendering process, Liverpool City Council appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to lead our highly skilled technical team to develop this new Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey.

Utilizing extensive marine and port experience, Ramboll and Stride Treglown completed the initial business case, developed the design and are due to commence on site shortly with appointed contractor McLaughlin and Harvey.

The 108,000 sq ft terminal, due to be built at the Princes Jetty on Princes Dock, will be built on two floors with a state of the art baggage hall on the ground floor, and the passenger lounge, café, and check-in desks on the first floor. The scheme also includes a four-star hotel, and a public open space with hard and soft landscaping. It is expected to directly create more than 500 new jobs.

Through the design, we have acknowledged the historic setting of the Liverpool Docks, whilst also looking to the future.

Our building is a story of industry, of the River Mersey, and of movement. It is the only building on the riverfront that projects beyond the dock wall into the river, giving it a unique opportunity to converse with the water and its inhabitants.

We have reflected the excitement of travel in our architecture; we designed the new terminal to be open and outward-looking. The building provides a beacon to those approaching it along the river through fully glazed ends, and which from the inside provide magnificent vistas north and south for those at either end of their voyage or during a stopover.

A zinc skin will shimmer with tones of the River Mersey. A concrete plinth, upon which the building sits, is a modern interpretation of the old dock walls.

The new terminal will be a proud and confident addition to the waterfront. Not trying to shout above the crowd, but sitting as a sophisticated and respectful member of the family.

A new cruise facility is one of the city’s most important regeneration projects of this decade and is vital to growing Liverpool’s tourism economy.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson