Regenerating Liverpool’s Historic Waterfront
The historic Liverpool Waterfront is undergoing extensive regeneration under the masterplan for the Liverpool Waters. With a new cruise liner terminal promoted by Liverpool City Council and a new ferry terminal promoted by Isle of Man Government, this will transform the city’s northern docks by overhauling a 60-hectare area.
The city, its shipping industry and infrastructure were all integral to the growth of the British Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries, helping establish the nation as a global trading superpower. Liverpool’s docks pioneered shipping technology, featuring transportation systems and port-management methods far beyond their contemporaries. The redevelopment of Liverpool Waterfront aims to revive the city’s docks, befitting their illustrious past and re-establishing the iconic area as a major hub for sea transportation, leisure and commerce.
Our Infrastructure & Environment team supported the planning applications for the Liverpool Cruise Terminal and the Isle of Man Ferry Terminal, two major projects on the River Mersey, within the Princes Dock area.
Cruise liners return to Princes Jetty site
Located at the former Princes Jetty site, the new 10,000 m², two-storey cruise terminal will be constructed on a suspended deck structure over the River Mersey. The ground floor will house the baggage hall, with the second floor becoming the passenger lounge and check in area. The terminal will be connected to the existing cruise ship landing stage/berth by a passenger and vehicular Linkspan bridge, whilst the existing cruise ship berth will remain unaltered. Externally, the terminal facility will include vehicle drop off and pick up facilities and feature a new landscaping design.
Promoted and developed by Liverpool City Council, the project is scheduled to commence in early 2019 with completion anticipated by the end of 2020.
Plotting a course for the Isle of Man
Liverpool’s new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal development aims to create a ‘Universal Berth’ capable of accommodating vessels of up to 142 m length, replacing the obsolete existing facility, by providing ferry crossings to Douglas, Isle of Man. Proposed by the Department of Infrastructure of the Isle of Man Government, the new terminal will be situated at the Princes Half Tide Dock.
The proposals include a two-storey terminal building with an external access road, passenger vehicle queuing lanes, vehicle parking areas, passenger access systems, and marine structures within the River Mersey. The new ferry terminal falls within the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the ‘Three Graces’ including the Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port Liverpool Building designed by the world famous architect Walter Aubrey Thomas.
With numerous protected buildings and structures situated in close proximity, the development will sit at the very heart of the treasured historic area, within a city boasting more Grade I-listed buildings than anywhere else in the UK.
Steering the Environmental Impact Assessments
Our team coordinated and delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment, in support of each planning application. This involved the preparation of an Environmental Statement for each of the projects, focussing on the most significant environmental effects of the developments, including air, soil, sediment and water quality, terrestrial and underwater noise, marine ecology and traffic.
In addition, we provided standalone specialist assessments to address issues associated with the high heritage sensitivity of the sites, as well as the proximity to ecological receptors. The reports produced to accompany the submission included Historic Environment Assessments, International Council on Monuments and Sites Statements, Habitat Regulations Assessment Screening Report and Water Framework Directive Assessments.
We are working in synergy with AECOM (the projects planning consultant and design engineers), Turner & Townsend and Manser Architects in consultation with the Planning Department of the Liverpool City Council and the Marine Management Organisation. Together, our aim is to ensure that the significant potential environmental impacts are addressed at the design stage, ensuring these are mitigated during the construction and operation of the developments.
The high-quality schemes reflect the marine location and have been designed with the aspiration of improving and enhancing the townscape character of the sites. The new facilities will also respond to the latest energy standards and will encourage sustainable modes of transport including walking and cycling to and through the sites.
John Hughes, Regional Director at our Manchester Office, says; “We are thrilled to be working on such prestigious projects at this key heritage location. Whilst challenging, the schemes will provide a huge boost for the whole of Liverpool, putting it’s docks back on the map and reinforcing centuries of history for Liverpool’s maritime transportation and commerce industry.”