Hull City Council’s Cabinet has given the ‘green light’ a major project designed to put the city on the map as a world-class visitor destination.
The development of a riverside berth and cruise terminal will now move a step closer following approval at a special cabinet meeting today (Monday, June 29). A report setting out the plans highlights that the development of a cruise terminal could deliver a £13m annual injection into Hull’s economy and a further £15m economic boost across the Humber region.
It is also hoped that the riverside berth would have immediate economic benefits in terms of increased visitor numbers and spend within the area directly around the terminal of £0.9m with the potential to rise to £6.3m every year. Initial investigations have identified Sammy’s Point, adjacent to The Deep as the preferred location for the new riverside berth as it provides easy access for visitors to the city centre and is in close proximity to attractions within the city centre. Albert Dock has also been shortlisted as a potential location.
The council will now begin the search for a private sector partner to help make the plans a reality.
Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination, Councillor Steven Bayes said:
The development and delivery of a city centre riverside berth will create a long term legacy for Hull, contributing to the wider regeneration of the city centre.
Importantly, it will also create long-term employment opportunities for our existing workforce and young people in a key sector.
Decisions will also need to be made on the type of terminal that is built with options of a smaller scale ‘port of call’ with ships arriving for a day’s visit, to a fully serviced ‘home port’ from which cruise ships will operate to and from, meaning visitors boarding the ships will arrive and disembark in Hull.
Councillor Bayes continued:
This is such an exciting time in the city and alongside plans already in place to redevelop the city centre and some of our key culture hubs like the Ferens Art Gallery; we need to look to the future and how the city can continue to capitalise on the City of Culture success.