Plans for a new £10m ferry terminal at Liverpool's Pier Head have been given the green light by planning chiefs.
The state-of-the-art ferry terminal would cost £10m to build
Ferry operator Merseytravel put forward proposals to Liverpool City Council for a state-of-the-art building last year.
They have been drawn up in consultation with Liverpool City Council, English Heritage and World Heritage officers.
If ratified by the full council, work on demolishing the terminal building would begin in June ahead of an expected spring 2008 completion.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, hailed the planning committee's backing as "great news".
"Our plans will leave a lasting legacy from 2008, Liverpool's Capital of Culture year.
"The new building will offer much better facilities for ferry passengers, commuters and the hundreds of thousands of visitors using the ferries every year."
The new three-storey building and terminal will have improved cafe and shopping facilities, easy access to the landing stage and a river viewing area.
A low-rise environmentally-friendly design has been developed to retain the view of the "Three Graces" from the river as well as the views of the river from Water Street and Brunswick Street.
Materials would also complement the surrounding buildings.