Waterman Group plc

04/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/10/2019 09:27

Planning approval secured for Isle of Man Ferry Terminal

Waterman are delighted that planning consent has been secured for the new Isle of Man ferry terminal at Liverpool's Central Docks.

Designed by the Manser Practice architects for the Isle of Man Government Department of Infrastructure, the new ferry terminal development will create a 'Universal Berth' capable of accommodating vessels of up to 142m length, replacing the obsolete existing facility, by providing ferry crossings to Douglas, Isle of Man.

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 berthing structures within the River Mersey. The site of the new ferry terminal falls partly within the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the 'Three Graces': the Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

Our team coordinated and delivered the Environmental Impact Assessment, in support of the planning application. This involved the preparation of an Environmental Statement, focussing on the most significant potential environmental effects of the developments, including heritage, archaeology, ornithology, marine ecology, water quality, and terrestrial & underwater noise. In addition, we provided standalone specialist assessments to address the site's location within the World Heritage Site, as well as the proximity to the River Mersey's ecological Special Protection Area.

John Hughes, Regional Director at Waterman, says; 'We are delighted to see this prestigious project secure planning approval. The new ferry terminal will reinforce the historic link between Liverpool and the Isle of Man, providing a world-class facility from which to continue the operation of this busy transport link.'

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said in a statement; 'The new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal is a critical piece in our regeneration plans for the north shore of Liverpool. The city council is investing a huge amount of money in the transport infrastructure to support this new facility and we are delighted it now has planning approval and can look forward to its completion. The Isle of Man and Liverpool have a historic relationship and this new ferry terminal will cement our strong links and forge even closer ties into the future.'

Construction is due to commence in the summer with completion anticipated in October 2020, and the first ferries are expected to be up and running by the end of that year.