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Liverpool issues tender for new cruise terminal design

Article-Liverpool issues tender for new cruise terminal design

Liverpool mayor says new cruise facility would be a 'huge boost' to the city's economy
Liverpool is seeking to appoint a design team for its proposed new cruise terminal.

The west coast UK port’s City Council today announced it is seeking to appoint a technical team to 'advise on the detailed design and development of a new permanent facility' including 'the task of managing the facility’s overall potential delivery and construction.'

The tender documents are posted on the Official Journal of the European Communities website. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 23.

Last August the City Council, which operates the existing cruise operation handling around 60 vessels annually, approved a £950,000 ($1.2m) feasibility study into the proposed new development. No timeline has been made public for this work and the city has not disclosed where these tasks sit in relation to the new tender issued today.

'Liverpool’s cruise industry has blossomed over the past decade, helping to transform the tourism appeal of Liverpool and give the River Mersey a new lease of life,' Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said. 'It has been one of the city’s great success stories, but now we are at the stage where we need to relocate if we are to welcome the next generation of super-liners. The tendering process for a design technical team is a vital step in exploring how we achieve that move and if we can, we do it to the highest standards.'

Recently published research by the Council revealed the 2016 cruise programme created an economic impact of £7m ($8.7m) for Liverpool.

Mayor Anderson told Seatrade Cruise News: 'In terms of jobs and economic impact, a new cruise facility would be a huge boost to our economy and the support for the idea we have received from the industry is hugely encouraging to its long-term future.'

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