Work on ‘The Blues’ dream home to begin!


Everton confirms new stadium start date Image: Everton FC

Come July 26th, 2021 and the Premier League team Everton FC (UK) will take possession of the Bramley-Moore Dock site, part of Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters – with contractors Laing O’Rourke immediately beginning the first phase of the project work on the above date as part of the construction of the 52,888-capacity facility.

‘Everton FC’ stated that first phase of the development will be the enabling works to prepare the dock site in readiness for the build.

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.

The 39,572-capacity Goodison Park is a football stadium in the Walton area of Liverpool, England (UK). It has been the home stadium of Premier League club Everton FC since its completion in 1892.

The 52,888-capacity 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. The stadium is proposed to be opened in time for the start of the 2023-2024 Premier League seasons, replacing Goodison Park.

‘Everton FC’ further stated that work will include the repair and preservation of the Grade II listed dock wall, stabilizing of the hydraulic tower located on the site, the development of welfare facilities for Laing O’Rourke construction staff, the preparation for demolition of existing non-listed structures, and raking of the dock floor. Pipe work will also be installed that will be used for the infilling of the dock.

Once these works are completed, Laing O’Rourke will begin the process of infilling the dock.

Everton Chairman, Bill Kenwright, enthused, “We are thrilled to be able to confirm that construction work will commence on our new stadium later this month. This will be a momentous day in the history of the club and is testament to the ambition and financial commitment of Farhad (Farhad Moshiri is a British-Iranian businessman who is also the majority owner of Everton) and the determination and talent of Denise (Everton head honcho) and her executive team at the club.”

Added Kenwright, “Like every Evertonian, Goodison Park has been a massive part of my life but in moving forward we could not have found a more fitting nor more glorious site for our new stadium – one which will both honor our history and celebrate our magnificent future.”

Delighted head honcho

Everton Chief Executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said she is excited by the “stunning new home for generations to come”.

Added Baxendale, “This moment will rank as one of the most important in the club’s history as it symbolizes a new era for Evertonians, an era which will see our supporters, their children and their children’s children supporting their team in one of the finest stadiums in world football. This project presents such an exciting future for our club and is a clear demonstration of our owner’s commitment and ambition.”

She further stated, “I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping us reach this point – my colleagues who have ensured this project has remained on schedule despite the challenging circumstances presented by the pandemic, business leaders and politicians, the people of the City and, of course, our supporters who have given us their unwavering support at every stage of this project. I would also like to thank Laing O’Rourke and look forward to working with them and seeing our stunning designs become a reality in the years ahead.”

Everton’s new home will deliver a £1bn shot in the arm to the City’s economy and provide up to 15,000 jobs for local people (12,000 during the construction phase).

It is estimated that it will attract around 1.4m visitors to the City and more than £255m will be spent through the local supply chains.

It will also speed up other local development – Liverpool Waters and Ten Streets – worth more than £650m and provide an annual boost of £2.1m in Council Tax receipts and Business Rates income of £1.7m per year.

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