Biz leaders updated on Everton F.C. new venue


Everton FC updates local business on new stadium Image: Everton FC

Business leaders were given an update on the progress of Premier League club Everton F.C.’s (UK) new stadium on November 24th.

The ‘Everton FC’ stated that around 40 members of the Downtown in Business networking organization met with representatives from the club and construction partner Laing O’Rourke at the club’s headquarter in the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool (UK), where they were given an overview of work on the waterfront development.

The Everton Football Club is an English professional football club based in Liverpool that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football.

The Goodison Park is a football stadium in the Walton area of Liverpool, England. It has been the home stadium of Premier League club Everton F.C. since its completion in 1892. Located in a residential area two miles (three km) North of the Liverpool City Centre, it has an all-seated capacity of 39,414.

The 52,888-capacity Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium is a proposed football stadium by Everton on the Bramley-Moore Dock in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England (UK). The dock itself was built in 1848. The stadium is proposed to be opened in time for the start of the 2023-2024 Premier League seasons, replacing the top-flight’s present residence – Goodison Park.

The ‘Everton FC’ further stated that the attendees were given an insight into various elements of the major construction project, including sustainability, inclusivity, environmental concerns, and the social value generated by the build.

And with the creation of local jobs – both during the stadium build and the subsequent wider regeneration of the area – high on the agenda, the business sector has thrown their collective weight behind Everton’s ambitious plans.

Noted Frank McKenna, Chief Executive of Downtown in Business, “In this City everyone has their football hat on, first and foremost, but what we have been keen to explain to the wider business community is that this is genuinely a regeneration project that will benefit the whole of the City. It doesn’t matter who your allegiance is with, this gives the North of Liverpool an opportunity that it needed, for generations, for regenerating an area that is one of the most deprived in Europe.”

Added McKenna, “For us it’s been about getting that narrative the right way around, because there are lots of businesses in the City who are maybe headquartered in Manchester or London and who wouldn’t necessarily think the development of a new stadium was a big deal. Yes, this is a football stadium first, and one the City will be proud of, but also look at the opportunities that bring around that area of Liverpool.”

The business leaders heard that the infill process at Bramley-Moore Dock is on track and scheduled to be completed early next year, when the enabling works can be completed and work can finally begin on the above ground build which is a state-of-the-art arena.

Colin Chong, Director of Stadium Development, outlined the proposals, along with colleagues Alix Craig and Richard Kenyon.

Chong explained that Everton undertook a wide-ranging consultation process, and that replicating the atmosphere generated at Goodison Park was key.

The club has been working with construction partners and engineers on how to enhance the acoustics of a new stadium and provided an example of the impact of tighter seating on atmosphere.

In her role as Stadium Development and Project Manager, Craig explained that all existing materials generated by the building, including brickwork from demolished warehouses and ground materials as part of the remediation works, will be reused across the site to enhance the sustainability of the development.

The club also confirmed that the site’s key heritage assets, including cobbles, capstans, mooring posts, and railway lines have been removed, preserved and will be reinstated as part of the finished site.

Richard Kenyon, Everton’s Director of Communications, Revenue and International Growth, added that the social value of the build will be felt across the region, through new businesses springing up, an increase in tourism and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Gareth Jacques, Project Director for Laing O’Rourke, who was joined by the Technical and Design Leader John Edwards, offered a stunning computer-generated imagery (CGI) time-lapse of the site, showing the build-process of the largest private-sector development in Northern England, during the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Added McKenna, “As an Evertonian we have been talking about a new stadium for 20 or 30 years now, so it’s always important that when progress is being made, we remind people that this is not a pie in the sky thing. Progress, as we’ve seen in the meeting, is visually here for all to see and people will naturally be thinking, ‘how can this affect me?’ Throughout the whole journey, it will be important for us all to come back and talk about where we are up to, and as it progresses, those people in the audience ask how they can get involved, not only in the stadium, but also in the Goodison Legacy project, which will help transform Walton.”

Continued McKenna, “The great thing about businesses in Liverpool is that they want to give something back and there is nobody better than Everton in the Community for doing that, and nobody better to get involved with, if you are a business and want to give some social value back to the area in which you work. It’s a shame that because of all that’s been going on, we could only get around 40 people into the Royal Liver Building on November 24th, but you can imagine how many wanted to come and that’s why it’s important to keep holding these events. People who were here will be out and about, talking about the project and the fantastic visuals that they were able to see – and that adds a buzz and an excitement into the City regeneration conversation.”

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