Work has started on the construction of the Isle of Man Ferry Terminal.
The facility will be constructed at Prince’s Half-Tide Dock within the Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site and the Stanley Dock Conservation Area.
It will sit within Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, the £5bn regeneration scheme which is transforming 148 acres of the city’s north docks.
A site clearance operation took place before Christmas, with contractor John Sisk and Sons eyeing completion by the summer of 2021.
It is predicted that the development will generate £3.2m for the economy. A link road is also under construction, with the £7m cost being funded by Liverpool City Council as part of its £500m Better Roads programme.
Chief minister Howard Quayle said: “The Isle of Man and Liverpool share a strong relationship based on our maritime connection, with a ferry route which has operated for more than 200 years.
“This development stands alone as the only construction project the Isle of Man Government has undertaken away from Manx shores, and will be the only property we own outside the Island. The project demonstrates the Isle of Man’s commitment to future-proofing connections with the heart of Liverpool and the wider region.”
Metro mayor Steve Rotheram added: “Our waterfront is iconic and recognised the world over. The new ferry terminal will be a fantastic addition to it.
“Not only does the new terminal cement our special and historic links with the Isle of Man, it opens new and exciting opportunities – for trade, tourism and leisure. We have supported the project from day one and I look forward to it progressing further in the coming months.”