The next steps for Hull's cruise ship terminal plans revealed
An image of the proposed cruise terminal next to The Deep in Hull (Image: Hull City Council)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Feb 2019
Details on the next steps in multi-million pound plans to develop a cruise ship terminal in Hull have been revealed - and the estimated cost has gone up.
The city council has controversially earmarked a site near The Deep for the scheme.
Bosses at the popular visitor attraction recently confirmed their objection to the idea, claiming it could have a negative impact on the health of the aquarium's animals at the aquarium and seriously disrupt trading at the venue.
However, the council has now published a document mapping out the next stages in the process of appointing a commercial development partner for the project.
Known as the Invitation to Participate in Dialogue (ITPD), it is a guide for companies or organisations interested in bidding for an eventual contract with the council.
The ITPD says a shortlist of up to three potential bidders is expected to be drawn up by March 1.
Bosses at The Deep have objected to plans for a cruise terminal next door (Image: Hull Daily Mail)
Each outline bid will then be subject to detailed discussions with each party along with an evaluation process.
A final shortlist featuring 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.
The ITPD says: "Developing a local cruise industry is a key element in the economic growth of Hull and the Yorkshire region.
"Regeneration benefits will be the growth of tourism, an increase in visitor numbers for the region and increased employment opportunities through provisioning activities and servicing, thereby generating overall economic growth.
"The council believes that a commercial partnership between the public and private sector is the best means to finance, develop, manage and operate a new terminal and infrastructure most effectively.
Although land next to The Deep is the council's preferred option for a terminal and berth for visiting cruise ships, the document also identifies Albert Dock as a "second location option".
Shipping in Albert Dock
Would-be bidders are given a list of pros and cons for both sites, featuring potential constraints and suggested solutions to some of the issues raised.
They range from the possible impact on The Deep to ABP's ownership of Albert Dock.
On parking, it reveals the site of the current Arco headquarters in Waverley Street is "under consideration" for a new multi-storey car park for cruise ship passengers should Hull become a home port where visiting ships take on stores, supplies and fuel as well as new passengers.
Under separate plans submitted this week, Arco is due to relocate its HQ to the Fruit Market next year.
An image of the new-look Arco headquarters near the Hull Tidal Barrier (Image: Wykeland Beal)
The ITPD estimates the cost of constructing the terminal, parking and marine works at £65m - £15m higher than previously reported - and excludes an £8m contribution from the city council.
The section on funding also indicates that without external funding support, the plug would be pulled because it would not be financially viable.
"The funding application is in development and will be subject to external and internal approvals. Should these be unsuccessful the council reserves the right to withdraw from the procurement of a commercial partner."
It suggests the same scenario would also apply in the event of no suitable initial bids coming forward with the council reserving the right not to select a partner or to withdraw from the selection process at any time.