Work set to start on £30m Liverpool cruise terminal hotel

Plans for the new hotel

Wates Construction has been appointed to build a new £30m 200-bedroom, 4-star hotel by Liverpool City Council as part of the city’s waterfront regeneration project.

The hotel will support and supplement the city’s new cruise liner terminal at Princes Dock, which, once built, will accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships, helping to boost Liverpool’s economy by creating a world-class tourist destination.

The hotel’s facilities will include coach parking and pick up/drop off provision.

Subject to planning approval, work is scheduled to commence this year, with completion expected the following year.

The construction of the new hotel, which was procured via Major Works UK, part of Scape’s National Construction framework, is the latest in a series of major announcements regarding the £5bn Liverpool Waters development site and sees Liverpool City Council working with landowners Peel Land and Property.

The waterfront project will leave a legacy of jobs and skills that will benefit the region for generations to come.

As part of the construction of the hotel, Wates has also committed to providing training and employment opportunities for local residents to help boost the local economy.

The commitments include apprenticeship opportunities with Wates and its supply chain partners, and work experience placements for local students.

A number of new full-time jobs will also be created, including a graduate-level role.

Paul Dodsworth, business unit director for Wates Construction in the North West, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Liverpool’s waterfront is a globally iconic landmark which attracts over five million visitors to the city every year.

“Its ongoing regeneration has created an increasingly successful and sustainable mixed-use area and this latest phase will further boost Liverpool’s economy by creating a world-class cruise liner destination.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Our new cruise liner terminal is vitally important to our growing tourism economy and will mean that once again we can welcome the greatest cruise ships in the world to the Mersey.

“We are working with some of the very best in the engineering industry to deliver this facility to the very highest standards and this new hotel is a vital ingredient to the overall experience.

“I’m delighted a company of the reputation of Wates has been appointed to deliver a world class hotel on our World Heritage waterfront.”

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, said: “The construction of the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal hotel is a flagship project in the regeneration of the city’s waterfront.

“The additional money that tourism is bringing into Liverpool is vital for boosting the local economy and there is clear evidence of the city transforming into a major cultural hub.”

He added: “Our framework ensures that the social value which will be created as a product of the ongoing works will be felt throughout the local community, not only during the project but long after its completion.”