The Horizon Terminal

Port of Southampton
Concept Architect
Associated British Ports
Brymor Construction

The future of cruise terminal design

The Horizon Terminal is a new world-class deep ocean cruise liner facility at the Port of Southampton. Featuring a huge, dramatic sweeping roof, the new building makes a confident statement about the future of the cruise sector. It is the fifth terminal in Southampton and accommodates security, customs, check-in, and baggage handling facilities.

Stride Treglown was introduced to the project to help contractor Brymor to value-engineer the concept architect’s proposals and resolve some of the design’s technical issues. From a standing start in December 2019 and despite the impact of the first COVID-19 lockdown, we were able rapidly to shave £10m off the budget without compromising on the scope, programme or architectural vision.

The new terminal is thought to be the greenest in the UK and the building features off-site fabricated long span glulam beams together with more than 2000 roof mounted PV Panels. Shore Power connectivity has also been included as part of the scheme which enables vessels to plug into the local power supply rather than using on board generators. This significantly reduces carbon emissions and improves air quality.

Operating in a BIM environment allowed us to cooperate and collaborate effectively with the contractor despite the COVID restrictions, minimising delays. The landmark facility completed in June 2021, to the delight of the client.