Liverpool's 2007 floating cruise liner facility was located on the historic Liverpool quayside and immediately adjacent to the famous Liver Building. It enabled large cruise liners, such as Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II, to visit Liverpool without entering the enclosed dock system or berthing mid-river. Our proposal for a concrete pontoon solution was a deciding factor in contractor Balfour Beatty winning the design & build contract, for which we provided structural engineering services.
The terminal facility measured 250m x 25m and lay parallel to the shore. The project included the provision of a reception building, a pilot boat building, 130m of covered pedestrian walkway and two linkways. Onshore, a marshalling area for coaches collecting passengers, and a ticket office were provided. Works were also undertaken to create a new marshalling area serving the Isle of Man ferry, which sharesd the facility.
The two buildings on the pontoons featured an exposed steel frame, with bespoke cladding, structural glazing and aesthetic steelwork detailing. Segregated trunking was hidden within the hollow steel frame of the pedestrian walkway to carry data, power and communications services, and special connection details were developed to enable this. The walkway also made use of structural glass.
The two linkspans provided the connections to shore: The 90m long main two-way vehicle linkspan; and an emergency pedestrian link.
Our engineers developed scheme, final design and construction drawings for the various elements of the project. We also liaised with the specialist cladding manufacturer to provide detailing for the interfaces with the steel frames, and we specified corrosion protection for all elements of the structures.
In 2017 Liverpool City Council unveiled preliminary plans for a £50 million development for a new cruise facility to be built slightly further down the Mersey at Princes Dock, due for completion in 2020. Read about the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal here.