Dock infill work at ‘The Blues’ planned home


Everton FC construction update Sept 2021 Image: Everton FC

The fish rescue operation at Bramley-Moore Dock (UK) is over as contractors prepare for dock infill.

The ‘Everton FC’ stated that rehousing the wildlife from the dock as far as possible has been a priority for ‘The Blues’ in tandem with the planning authority and stakeholders such as the Environment Agency.

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, replacing Goodison Park.

The Everton Football Club is an English professional football club based in Liverpool (UK) that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Presently, the 39,572-capacity Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, serves as their home facility.

The ‘Everton FC’ further stated that and as contractors Laing O’Rourke continue to clear the dock basin of unwanted debris, repair the dock walls and create a bung in the Northern passage of water to effectively create a ‘bath-tub’ before the infill process commences, the task of rescuing marine life has now been completed.

Two floating Cormorant pontoons were also installed in the neighboring Nelson Dock to provide an alternative habitat for the birds in advance of a start onsite.

Explained Everton FC Stadium Development Director Colin Chong, “There’s been some major maritime engineering activity taking place. There was lots of marine life still in the dock, so we fitted a bubble curtain to stop any more coming back in and have now removed the fish from the dock under the jurisdiction of the Environment Agency. They monitor how we remove and release the fish and record the species, so there’s been a real detailed methodology of how we intend to clear the dock.”

The infilling of the dock, which will take place over the coming months, has seen pipe work laid to bring in circa 500,000 cubic meters of sand, dredged from the Irish Sea, to displace the water currently in the dock.

Elsewhere in the enabling works, the demolition of all non-listed buildings and warehouses will be completed shortly, with much of the materials being reused across the site.

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