Wates Construction has been appointed to build a new 200-bedroom, upscale hotel by Liverpool City Council as part of the city’s major waterfront regeneration project.
The four-star 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 destination.
The hotel’s facilities will include coach parking and pick up and drop off provision. Subject to planning approval, work is scheduled to commence in 2019, 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 £5 billion Liverpool Waters development site and sees Liverpool City Council working with landowners Peel Land and Property Ltd.
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 in order 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.
John Foster, Pre Construction Director for Wates Construction North West, said: “Liverpool’s waterfront is one of the most recognisable in the world. Since the 1980s, its regeneration has created a successful and sustainable mixed-use area, which attracts over 5 million visitors to the city each year.
“We are very proud to have been appointed to work on the next phase of this regeneration, which will not only help to boost Liverpool’s economy but will also create jobs and training opportunities for local residents.”
Liverpool City Council is hosting a pre-planning application information event for the new 4* hotel, with consultation sessions being held on Thursday, 27 September 2pm – 7pm and Friday, 28 September 12pm – 5pm in Foyles Room 1, on the first floor of the Cunard Building, Water Street.
Local residents and businesses are invited to view the plans where members of the project team will be available to discuss the proposals. A detailed planning application will be submitted in late October.
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.
“The construction of this new terminal will mark a new chapter in the city’s maritime future as we create a world class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers.
“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.”