Port opens new ‘green’ terminal

PORTSMOUTH International Port is to officially open its new passenger terminal in May, serving routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands.

Part of a £16.5 million investment in new facilities at the port, the new ‘green’ terminal replaces a previous building built in the 1970s. It is designed to accommodate up to 2,400 passengers, taking into account both the growing number of cruise ship passengers using the port and customers using existing ferry operators.
As well as check-in desks and arrival and departure areas, the terminal boasts a bar and cafe, and an observation balcony overlooking the port itself.
The terminal has been designed to minimise its impact on the environment, using the latest eco-friendly technology.
It will heat and cool itself using thermal energy acquired from sea water, dramatically decreasing its carbon footprint, and sea water will also be used to flush its toilets.
‘Windcatchers’ on the roof will also enable natural ventilation, vastly reducing the need for air-conditioning units.

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