Everton FC Stadium, Bramley Moore Dock Liverpool Football Ground News, Design
Everton Stadium, Bramley Moore Dock Liverpool
15 July 2020
English Premier League side Everton FC are getting closer to achieving their goals of opening a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool, despite some setbacks and delays.
The new stadium, which will see the club move across the city to have a prime location on the waterfront, has been a long time coming. The club had originally planned to open a stadium in Kirkby in a joint project with the supermarket chain Tesco. However, this was scrapped in 2009.
Football is huge in Liverpool, with a fierce but friendly rivalry between its red and blue fans. The city has an electric atmosphere on game days and fans who can’t make it to the stadium pile into bars and pubs to watch and cheer on their club. Many also use sites like Sky Bet to place wagers on the outcome of games.
In February, the multinational construction company Laing O’Rourke was appointed to be the contractor for the project. They’re currently operating under a “Pre-Construction Services Agreement” (PCSA), which will see the two parties work together to finalise designs and acquire planning permission.
Due to the “design and build” type contract that has been selected, Laing O’Rourke had the option to appoint their own architects and other design team partners – an option they took up.
This has meant that Dan Meis, the original architect behind the widely praised designs for the Bramley Moore Dock stadium, is no longer involved in the project.
Meis will be replaced by the London-based architect’s practice, Pattern Design. Pattern had already been involved in the project, having advised Meis (an American firm) on British building regulations and planning rules.
“Going to Plan”
Despite this high profile departure, both Everton officials and Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson have still insisted that everything is “going to plan” and “on track”. This will mean that fans won’t get a chance to see Everton begin playing at the stadium until 2023 at the earliest.
Before the stadium can be constructed, groundworks will need to be completed. This will see part of the dock filled in to build the foundations.
The next stage of the process will be the approval of the club’s planning application sometime in the coming weeks. Most close to the project expect it to be given the green light by the council’s planning department as the plans have been praised widely by the public and other project stakeholders.
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