Design changes to ‘The Toffees’ new venue


Everton FC update August 2020 Image: Everton FC

The English professional football club Everton FC have unveiled new designs for their spiffy 52,000-seater stadium in the Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool, UK, the price tag of which is £500-million.

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 Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium is a proposed football stadium by Everton on the Bramley-Moore Dock in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England. The dock itself was built in 1848.

Their new venue is scheduled to be completed in between 2023 and 2024, with its construction planned to begin in early next year. It will take Everton from their home Goodison Park near Stanley Park to the heart of the Port of Liverpool.

The club informed that the facility will now boast river-facing plaza, meaning supporters can sit and soak in the breathtaking riverbank views before and after matches, while the planned height of the stadium has been lowered due to planning concerns – but the capacity of the ground has not been altered.

In an open letter to the supporters, Stadium Development Director Colin Chong stated, “Perhaps now, more than ever, our proposed stadium is a fundamental part of this region’s growth plan and will be a key driver for much-needed economic development in North Liverpool and beyond. Subject to planning approval and finalizing our funding packages, it is most likely that work could commence on-site early in 2021.”

“As there are currently so many factors over which we do not have direct control, it would be unwise to commit to a specific date when our build will commence – or when we are likely to be playing in the new stadium. However, we have every confidence in our project plan and the team we have assembled to deliver it. Everyone at the club is entirely committed to getting us into a new home at Bramley-Moore Dock as soon as we possibly can,” Chong added.

Chong also mentioned that since the submission of their planning application, “We have been in the midst of a global pandemic which has had a significant impact and placed a substantial strain on development projects globally. However, I am pleased to say that our work has continued in line with our project plan and we welcome the Government’s ‘build, build, build…’ approach to stimulate the economy on a national level. We also support and will make a significant contribution to Liverpool City Region’s ambition to ‘Build Back Better’, by ensuring development isn’t about just bricks and mortar but about aiding the economic recovery of Liverpool through inclusive growth, jobs, local supply chain opportunities and lessening the harmful impact on the environment.”

The development will bring in the following benefits:

  • Generate a £1billion shot in the arm to the economy;
  • Create up to 15,000 jobs; and
  • Attract 1.5million visitors to the City.

In fact, research reveals that the social and economic benefits of the scheme may actually be even greater than those outlined above.

Following a detailed and comprehensive tender process, Laing O’Rourke has been appointed as the building contractor for the project. The entire tender process was very transparent. Buro Happold and Planit-IE have been retained as engineering consultants and landscape architects, respectively.

It is imperative that these organizations demonstrate maximum efficiency and that all elements of the project are joined up at every stage.

Representatives from across this project team have recently been on-site carrying out several further surveys on the land and existing structures to collect the data required for presenting before the planning authorities.

Over the past few months, Liverpool City Council’s Planning Department has been consulting on the applications with the Liverpool public, as well as neighboring authorities, emergency services, heritage and environment organizations and other regional and national stakeholders.

Following feedback from the consultees, some of the design elements have been amended. The updated designs will be formally submitted to the Council in early September. While these updated plans will not require the submission of a full new planning application, they will require a formal public consultation on the revised elements.

The design improvements will bolster the stadium architecturally and aesthetically – and will be in keeping with feedback from the consultation process conducted over the past few months, including discussions with heritage-related organizations. The most visual of the design improvements is around the West Stand (the stand facing the River Mersey).

Near the new stepped plaza at the Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium will be a covered fan area where supporters will be able to stand underneath in case of inclement weather.

The plaza will come up in lieu of a multistory car park, with Everton looking to give more room to supporters on a match day.

Meanwhile, solar panels will now be placed onto the stadium roof, rather than outside the West Stand to give more elbow room to fans.

The Toffees’ are looking to move away from Goodison Park, which has been their home since 1892.

Everton’s present residence at the moment has seen more top-flight matches than any other current stadium in the UK.

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