The UK’s Hull City Council has updated plans for a cruise terminal, planned for a dedicated river berth next to an area called The Deep.
This project meets a growing demand for European cruise ship growth and capitalises on the economic benefits to the local Hull and regional economy calculated at £3.1 mill in GVA economic impact for Hull and £16 mill for the Yorkshire economy.
The aim is to create Hull and the sub-region as a new European visitor destination to showcase the history and countryside of Yorkshire.
The Council said it will partner with the private sector to form a Public Private Partnership to develop and operate the cruise ship service and facilities. An investment of £24 mill is envisaged for the project, which has a timescale of 2018-2022.
Construction will be undertaken in stages by accommodating a port of call and a home port. It will also create a new piece of publicly accessible, city centre, waterfront and riverside berth.
Following demand and feasibility studies, an option appraisal and Environmental Impact Assessment is being completed, due to the status of the Humber as a Site of European Importance under Habitats Regulation.
The Council has issued an Invitation to Participate in Dialogue (ITPD), which is a guide for companies or organisations interested in bidding for a contract.
A shortlist of up to three potential bidders is expected to be drawn up by 1st March with a final shortlist containing the two highest-scoring bids is expected to be confirmed by early June.
This second stage of the process will run through to late September when the council expects to receive final tender submissions.
Under the current timetable, the preferred bidder will be confirmed in mid-October with a contract being awarded just before Christmas, 2019, the Council said in an announcement.
The ITPD also identified the Albert Dock as a ‘second location option’ to The Deep and estimated the cost of constructing the terminal, parking and marine works at £65 mill.