Maiden vessel at new cruise terminal
A Hampshire construction company marked a milestone when the largest development in its history — a £55m cruise terminal — became operational.
Brymor Construction was the main contractor for the flagship building — with a wave-shaped roof — for Associated British Ports (ABP) at Western Docks in Southampton.
The Horizon Cruise Terminal has just welcomed its maiden cruise ship — MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa — with passengers setting foot at the complex for the first time ahead of its formal opening later in the year.
It is hoped the two-floor building will take the passenger experience to another level and strengthen Southampton’s future as a cruise port.
Its design features curtain wall glazing, curved glulam beams and exposed soffits to create the wave-shaped roof.
Sustainable features include 2,000 roof-mounted solar panels and shore power connectivity allowing ships to ‘plug in’ while alongside.
Stephen Morton, Chairman of Brymor Construction, said: “It is tremendous to see the first cruise ship arrive at this iconic terminal.”