The work, awarded by Liverpool City Council after an open tendering process, is for the initial part of a proposed two-stage design and build contract to complete the planned development close to the city’s existing cruise facility.
No value has been put on the contract announced Thursday although the City Council estimates the complete scheme could cost more than £50m (US$66m).
McLaughlin & Harvey will support the Council’s terminal design team being led by Ramboll UK to finalise the design and construction method for the proposed new terminal.
'It will also establish the final construction costs by inviting competitive sub-contract prices for each package of works in advance of the second-stage main contract award whilst designing out construction risks,' a City Council official said.
The company’s current maritime projects elsewhere in the UK include sites in Scotland and south east England.
'They have completed projects of similar complexity to the work required for Liverpool, and were appointed for their expertise in this field,' added the Council source.
Although a public consultation on the proposed development was held last September, Planning Permission has still to be sought. An application for this could be made in April. If approved, site preparation works are scheduled to start in October towards the end of the UK west coast city’s 2018 cruise season which is set to include 57 ship calls and the arrival of more than 100,000 guests and crew.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told Seatrade Cruise News: 'I am delighted that we have appointed such a renowned company as McLaughlin & Harvey to undertake the first phase of work on our new facility. This is a major step forward for what is one of the city’s major regeneration projects.'
McLaughlin & Harvey contract director John Mariner said: 'We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this prestigious project on the Liverpool Waterfront and look forward to working collaboratively with Liverpool City Council’s team.'