Portsmouth City Council has just given scheme approval to the project which is scheduled to be completed in late 2010 and operational by spring 2011.
The Port is working with Halcrow on the project with D5 architects appointed as subcontractors to work on the outline design. A design and construct contract will go out to tender in early 2009.
Mechanical and electrical engineers have already been looking at how to incorporate sustainable measures into the building. Approaches being considered include natural ventilation of the building using the abundant South Westerly wind and heat pumps for cooling and heating.
The Port has also engaged with BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) from the planning stage and applied for BREEAM status which will be awarded following completion of the project.
In addition, the Port is consulting with The Carbon Trust on environmental aspects of the new terminal.
Phil Gadd, Portsmouth Ferry Port Manager, said: “We are delighted that Portsmouth City Council has granted scheme approval for our new terminal building. This will be a much needed, landmark building at the Port and we are keen to ensure it incorporates the latest environmental technology to future proof it for ferry passengers and our customers alike.”
Roger Walsgrove, Project Leader at Halcrow, said: “We are very excited to be involved in such a prestigious project which will improve dramatically the experience for passengers travelling through Portsmouth.”
Port terminal sheds to the east of the existing terminal will be knocked down to make way for the new building.