Secretary of state for business, Vince Cable, has officially opened Portsmouth International Port’s new passenger terminal.
The stunning new building is part of a £16.5 million investment in new passenger facilities.
As well as a striking glass and steel construction, the light and spacious terminal is designed to be one of the most environmentally friendly public buildings in the UK.
After viewing the new terminal Cable unveiled a plaque in the building.
Speaking in advance of his visit he said, “I am pleased to be opening the new passenger terminal at Portsmouth International Port.
“The ferry and cruise ship industries make a major contribution to the economy of the entire country.
“This is a significant investment in new facilities at Portsmouth that will bring a wider benefit elsewhere in the UK through tourism and business.”
With work completed ahead of schedule the new terminal is already being used by ferry and cruise ship passengers.
It replaces another building constructed thirty-five years ago.
The new facilities have attracted a record number of visiting cruise companies in 2011, with All Leisure Group Limited basing three of its ships at the Port for the next five years.
Port manager, Martin Putman, said: “We are delighted that Vince Cable has made time in his busy schedule to officially open the new terminal.
“It is a recognition of the importance he places on the investment we have made in improving passenger facilities.”
The Port is owned by Portsmouth City Council.