Plans for a £15m cruise terminal in Greenock have been unveiled with the berthing facility, visitor centre and restaurant to include a purpose-built art gallery works from the sculptor George Wyllie, who died in 2012 at the age of 90 and gained international acclaim for his works Straw Locomotive and Paper Boat.
Wyllie’s daughter, Louise Wyllie, said:
It has always been an ambition of The George Wyllie Foundation to celebrate and mark my father’s life and work in Inverclyde; an area which he loved, and which was the lifeblood of all his artworks. This exciting development at Ocean Terminal in Greenock marks a sea-change in the Foundation’s on-going voyage to mark his legacy as a ground-breaking artist and to make more people aware of his life’s work.
According to Inverclyde Council, the proposed Greenock Ocean Terminal could attract £26m extra spending to the economy with over 150,000 passengers potentially passing through the terminal.
The terminal is being funded by Glasgow City Region City Deal as part of a £1bn project and the planned completion date for the cruise ship terminal is Spring/Summer 2020.
The terminal and visitor centre is to be operated by Peel Ports, and the new restaurant will have panoramic views across the Clyde.
Inverclyde Council leader Councillor Stephen McCabe said:
As a key City Deal project, the new visitor centre at Greenock Ocean Terminal aims to make a significant contribution to economic growth and international tourism across the wider city region area. Just a few weeks ago, the eight city region councils and our partners launched a new tourist strategy and action plan which aims to increase visitors by one million by 2023.