Liverpool鈥檚 new £50m cruise liner terminal will give customers a 鈥渇ive star鈥?experience, Mayor Joe Anderson has pledged.
The city council is set to appoint a design and technical team to plan the landmark complex on the banks of the Mersey at Princes Parade, north of the Pier Head.
As well a passenger terminal with passport control, the terminal could also include a 200-room hotel and multi-storey car park with 1,100 spaces.
The existing cruise liner terminal has grown massively in recent years and giant cruise ships are now regular visitors to the city, bringing £7m a year to the city economy.
This year 63 vessels are set to bring 78,742 passengers to the city ?up from 15 carrying 27,278 in 2011. Last year Disney Cruise Line came to Britain for the first time and chose Liverpool as one of just two cities to visit.
The new 鈥渢urnaround鈥?facility will allow cruise ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers to start and end their cruises in the city, boosting the cruise industry still further.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: 鈥淟iverpool鈥檚 cruise industry has transformed our tourism appeal and given the Mersey a new lease of life.
鈥淚t has been one of the city鈥檚 great success stories of the past decade but we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super liners and give passengers a full five star experience.
鈥淎ppointing a technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards.
鈥淎 new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to transform the North Liverpool docklands and the support we鈥檝e already received from the industry to the idea is hugely encouraging.?/p>
The terminal would sit alongside the massive £5bn Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme. That scheme could also include a new Everton stadium further north at Bramley Moore Dock.
Next Friday鈥檚 council cabinet meeting is set to agree the appointment of a design team for the proposed terminal.
The design brief includes a passenger and baggage terminal with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick up point, with the potential for a hotel and car park.
The car park will be built for the terminal ?but the council says it is looking at various locations north of Leeds Street to see if it could also serve the Ten Streets regeneration zone.
Meanwhile the council also recently approved a £20m link road from Leeds Street to improve access to the waterfront.
The council is also negotiating with the Duchy of Lancaster and with Peel Holdings over buying or taking leases on waterside land.
If cabinet next week approves the design plans, the council will then start bidding for £20m in funding from the Liverpool city region Combined Authority鈥檚 Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).
A planning application could go in later this year.