Colin Chong, Everton’s Stadium Development Director, delivered a stadium update to all supporters this week. The blog, featured below, confirms the Club’s technical project team, highlights some of the important design amends, anticipates a planning determination by the end of the year and how the Club aims to be on site early in 2021.
I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. I am writing to provide an update on the work that has been taking place in the months since the submission of our planning application for our proposed new home at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Since our submission, 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.
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.
I’m sure you won’t need reminding that, as well as being a hugely important scheme for the football club, this is a project that will:
- Generate a £1bn boost to the economy
- Create up to 15,000 jobs
- Attract 1.5million visitors to the city
In fact, research we are currently undertaking suggests the social and economic benefits of the scheme may actually be even greater than those outlined above – and we will provide an update on this in due course.
The project team
The past few months has been an important period for us. We have been responding to planning queries and have established our technical and delivery team in anticipation of planning approval.
Following a detailed and comprehensive tender process, we appointed Laing O’Rourke as our preferred building contractor. Through their own transparent tender process, they appointed Pattern as the project’s technical architect, working and engaging directly with Laing O’Rourke. Buro Happold and Planit-IE have been retained as engineering consultants and landscape architects respectively.
It is crucial to have these organisations in place now to ensure maximum efficiency and that all elements of the project are joined up at every stage. We have every confidence in the project team assembled.
Representatives from across this project team have recently been on-site carrying out several further surveys on the land and existing structures as we gather the data we need ahead of a determination by the planning authorities
Planning application update and timescales
As you will be aware, the scale and detail of the planning application for Bramley-Moore Dock makes it one of the largest our local authority has ever received.
Over the past few months, Liverpool City Council’s planning department has been consulting on the applications with the Liverpool public, as well as neighbouring authorities, emergency services, heritage and environment organisations and other regional and national stakeholders. As part of this process – and to address some of the feedback from consultees – we have been working with the Council and other agencies to amend some elements of the designs that were originally consulted on and submitted as part of our application.
These updated designs will be formally submitted to the Council in early September and some of the new visuals can be viewed below. I am sure you will agree they significantly enhance a stadium concept that was already quite stunning. 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.
This consultation, led by the Council, is anticipated to last 28 days and will be an opportunity for everyone to comment on these additional features. Following this, and due to the size of the application, Liverpool City Council may need to convene a special planning committee meeting towards the end of the year to give their determination to our application. The detail of this determination is likely to dictate whether the application will also need to be reviewed by central Government.
This additional local consultation, together with some aspects of the project relating to third parties having slowed slightly due to the impact of COVID-19, means that – subject to planning approval and finalising 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. And, as I’m sure you know, everyone at the Club is entirely committed to getting us into a new home at Bramley-Moore Dock as soon as we possibly can.
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