Laing O’Rourke to deliver Everton’s venue


Everton FC February 2020 update Image: Everton FC

The English professional football club based in Liverpool, UK – Everton Football Club – has appointed Laing O’Rourke as its ‘preferred contractor’ for its new 52,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront.

A pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) for a design and build contract is all set to be inked after a competitive procurement process. Both parties will work in tandem to develop a detailed and robust design and delivery program. The program will make practical and effective use of Laing O’Rourke’s digital engineering expertise and industry-leading knowledge vis-a-vis modern methods of construction to make Everton’s stadium vision a reality.

Laing O’Rourke is a multinational construction company headquartered in Dartford, England.

In December 2019, Everton revealed its final stadium designs ahead of the submission of a detailed planning application, which is expected to be determined by Liverpool City Council in the summer of 2020.

Work on the new stadium is expected to start in the latter half of 2020, provided the planning consent gets the nod, and the development is expected to take three years. A final construction timeline will be shared during the PCSA period.

At the heart of Everton’s proposals is a stunning brick, steel and glass stadium design which has taken a page out from the historic maritime and warehouse buildings nearby. Designed by the multidiscipline stadium architecture and design practice MEIS Architects, the stadium structure merges the historic and modern, with the brick base incorporating a subtle nod to Goodison Park’s famous Archibald Leitch lattice work, while the dynamic roof structure is made up of steel and glasses, making the facility wear a modern look.

The proposed waterfront stadium comprises four distinctive stands, including a large, steep ‘home end’ which will house 13,000 passionate and highly spirited Evertonians.

Everton’s plans for the new stadium, which will sit within Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters site, would trigger a sea change in North Liverpool, kick-starting the regeneration of the northern docklands, providing a £1bn shot in the arm to the city region’s economy, generating up to 15,000 jobs and attracting 1.4 million visitors to the city each year.

It is estimated that The People’s Project – the combination of Everton’s planned new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and the delivery of a community-led legacy at Goodison Park – will deliver nearly £800m of societal value over a 10-year period. This will be supported by Everton, the club’s official charity Everton in the Community and Laing O’Rourke working in sync to make sure the people and businesses of Merseyside benefit in terms of employment, apprenticeship, training and supply chain opportunities.

Everton Chief Executive Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale opined, “Appointing Laing O’Rourke is another important step towards delivering a new world-class waterfront stadium for Everton. We are partnering with an organization that bring a wealth of experience and a track-record of quality, sustainability and global delivery, including major investment projects right here in Liverpool.”

“There is still a lot of work to do on this project. Working alongside colleagues at Laing O’Rourke we will develop our construction program, while at the same time continuing to engage with our supporters on a number of matters as we await our planning application to be determined by Liverpool City Council,” Denise added.

Laing O’Rourke Director, Paul McNerney, commented, “We are delighted that Everton has chosen our team to work alongside the club and the local community to deliver The People’s Project. We recognise the transformative impact the project will bring to the club, to the city and to the many people who will be part of this exciting journey.”

He added, “Laing O’Rourke has a long track record of delivering sport stadia, utilizing our unique engineering and manufacturing capabilities, all of which will now underpin this scheme. Our local team, supply chain and consultant partners have worked with us across many major schemes in Liverpool including Liverpool ONE, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Clatter Bridge Cancer Centre. The People’s Project will allow us to advance our commitment to training, skills and careers in the area – and to support Everton in the community in their wonderful life-changing and life-saving work.”

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