Everton announces work on £500m new stadium will begin this month.
The club will take possession of the Bramley-Moore Dock site on Monday 26 July and contractor Laing O’Rourke is to make an immediate start on the 53,000-capacity project.
Everton chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said
” This moment will rank as one of the most important in the club’s history as it symbolises a new era for Evertonians.
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 honour our history and celebrate our magnificent future.’”
The club was given the all-clear to build the stadium by the Government and Liverpool City Council earlier this year and now they have revealed their plans to begin work being carried out by contractors Laing O’Rourke.
The first phase of construction will involve preparing the dock for the build, including repair and preservation of the Grade II listed dock wall and demolition of non-listed structures.
Pipework will also be installed that will be used for the infilling of the dock.
Once these elements are completed, the process of infilling the dock will begin, the club said.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told the club’s website: ‘We are thrilled to be able to confirm that construction work will commence on our new stadium later this month.
Everton’s new stadium could deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy and provide up to 15,000 jobs for local people, including 12,000 during the construction phase.
In addition, it is estimated that it will attract around 1.4m visitors to the city every year.
The project also forms a key part of Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, the developer’s £5bn regeneration of 150 acres of former docklands.
Chris Capes, director of development for Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, said:
“With this massive investment in the most northern part of Liverpool Waters, the stadium development will accelerate the regeneration of the waterfront and bring employment and investment into north Liverpool’s most deprived wards, with the whole city region benefitting.”
They hope to have the stadium completed in time for the start of the 2024-25 season in three years’ time.
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Source: Daily Mail