Detailed designs for Liverpool’s new cruise terminal have been issued as part of a £5 billion re-generation project.

The new terminal, equivalent to the size of two football pitches, would be served by an off-site multi-storey car park.

It will enable large cruise ships with up to 3,600 passengers to embark and disembark at Liverpool and is expected to directly create more than 500 new jobs.

Outline planning permission was granted for the scheme in April with work on site due to start early in 2019. An opening date has not yet been disclosed.

Liverpool attracted more than 60 vessels this year, with 100,000 passengers and crew.

The city council wants to capitalise further on the cruise boom by creating a state of the art facility to cater for Liverpool’s growing appeal in the cruise industry.

The current terminal generates more than £7m a year to the city’s economy.

The reveal of the terminal designs by the council follows recent pre-planning consultation with residents and businesses covering plans for a 200-room hotel, which would be opposite the terminal.

The terminal is to be constructed at the Princes Jetty Site along Princes Parade at Princes Dock within Peel Land & Property’s ‘Liverpool Waters’ development.

The terminal would be built on two floors with the baggage hall in the ground floor and the passenger lounge, cafe and check in on the first floor.

It will be connected to an existing cruise ship landing stage by a link-span bridge and walkway.

The proposed terminal development would involve the dismantling of the redundant and derelict jetty and construction of the new terminal on a new jetty in the River Mersey.

The scheme will also include new public open space, landscaping and associated servicing arrangements.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “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.”

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