Liverpool City Council has appointed AECOM to manage and supervise the site investigation works for a new £50m cruise liner terminal on the river Mersey.
The council plans to develop a permanent terminal in the city to double the number of cruise liner visits.
Last month it appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to lead a team to develop the terminal, replacing a facility that has been in place since 2007.
AECOM's site investigation work will involve a preliminary desk study, overseeing and implementing a complex river and land-based geotechnical and environmental site investigation and carrying out geophysical surveys followed by a jack-up drilling rig.
The firm said it would will work closely with the council, related technical teams and the various stakeholders involved, ‘taking into consideration Liverpool’s busy cruise schedule’.
Doug Lewis, associate director & ground engineering lead at AECOM, said: ‘This project has already opened up other opportunities for AECOM along the River Mersey and we look forward to working with the council and its other stakeholders.’
A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council told Transport Network that the council has now submitted an outline business case for a £20m contribution to the project from the Liverpool Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund. This is currently being appraised.
If this stage is successfully passed, the project will then progress to the final stage, a full business case.
The new terminal will form part of a 60 hectare historic dockland site to create a mixed use waterfront quarter in central Liverpool.