Plans for a fifth cruise terminal in Southampton have taken a long-awaited step forward.
Initial plans for a new terminal were first submitted in 2010 and now the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership has confirmed the development will be amongst several significant projects included in a £15.9 million investment in the city. Money will be sourced from the government’s Getting Building Fund for projects that will drive the local economy of the UK’s busiest cruise port.
In a statement, the Enterprise Partnership said construction “will deliver an iconic wave inspired building with solar generation and shore power, ensuring a world-leading zero emissions facility for cruise vessels in port.”
Associated British Ports regional director Alastair Welch said: “We are pleased to hear of the announcement confirming the government’s continued support for the cruise sector, which is crucial to our economy.
“We look forward to confirming the details linked to this announcement to ensure we are able to support the resumption and future growth of cruise as soon as possible.”
The environmentally-friendly focused development is expected to cost in the region of £8 million.