Inverclyde planning board approves construction of cruise visitor building

WCN Editorial Team 4 Apr 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Inverclyde Council has announced that plans for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock to welcome cruise ship passengers have been approved.

The council said that the Inverclyde planning board has approved the plans for the construction of a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal.

Inverclyde Council leads the project, which is part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, and aims to provide a new berthing facility and visitor centre to welcome cruise ship passengers to Scotland through the Greenock facility operated by Peel Ports.

The visitor centre will also include a purpose-built gallery to celebrate the work of Inverclyde resident and artist George Wyllie (1921-2012) and a new restaurant with panoramic views across the Clyde.

Inverclyde Council has published an outline business case, which estimated that more than 150,000 passengers could pass through Greenock Ocean Terminal and delivers £26m in annual visitor and crew spend to the Scottish economy.

Inverclyde Council leader Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Planning application approval is an important milestone in the delivery of this project as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The aim of the project is to boost the capacity at Greenock Ocean Terminal for cruise ships.

“The addition of a restaurant and Wyllie Gallery will help to provide a year round attraction for visitors to Greenock and Inverclyde at this iconic building on the banks of Clyde. As a key City Deal project, the new visitor center at Greenock Ocean Terminal aims to make a significant contribution to economic growth and international tourism across the wider city region area.”

The Greenock Ocean Terminal project to build a visitor centre and berthing facility is expected to cost £14.7m. The funding is part of the £1bn Glasgow City Region City Deal equally funded by the Scottish and the UK governments.

The proposal for a new visitor centre landmark building for Greenock is being developed by Richard Murphy Architects of Scotland.

The new visitor centre is expected to be completed in 2020.


Image: Cruise ship Caribbean Princess docked at Greenock Ocean Terminal. Photo: Courtesy of Clydecoast / Wikimedia Commons.

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