Plans for a new cruise terminal in Southampton are a step closer as £8 million in Government funding has been secured for the project.
The funding is part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund, which is handing out £900m across the country to “shovel-ready” projects which can boost economic recovery. Hampshire is receiving £19.4 million towards a range of building projects, including a new £1.4 million training centre in Woolston for electric and hybrid robotic vessels.
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership said construction of the new terminal “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.”
A fifth cruise terminal has been talked about since 2010, which would be situated between the existing City Cruise Terminal and Mayflower Cruise Terminal.