The proposed new cruise facility in Liverpool – dubbed one of the city’s most important regeneration projects of the decade – looks likely to be approved next week.

The £50m project would involve the controlled removal of the Princes Jetty and the construction of a new site set within a statement building, based on a suspended deck structure in the River Mersey. It also includes improvements to the existing landing stage.

If approved, it would allow Liverpool to welcome the world’s largest cruise ships to its UNESCO World Heritage-listed waterfront.

Earlier this month, Liverpool City Council awarded the first of a two-stage design and build contract for the facility to McLaughlin & Harvey.

Works during this phase of the project will include supporting the authority’s appointed design team, led by Ramboll UK, to finalise the design and construction method of the facility, including completing enabling works such as the controlled dismantling of the existing derelict Princess Jetty, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land and Property.

At the time the plans were revealed, Mayor Joe Anderson said: “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.

“[It] will also be a huge boost to our plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs which is why we’re putting together the best team of experts to ensure we build this facility to the very highest standards.”

Approval has been recommended when Liverpool City Council’s planning committee meets on 3 April.

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