Work began on the stadium in July. Credit: via Everton FC

Everton hits stadium milestone as team settles with LCC

Contractor Laing O’Rourke has installed the first steelwork column at the Bramley-Moore Dock site. Meanwhile, Everton Football Club has agreed to pay Liverpool City Council £502,000.

The money was for fees incurred by the council while it explored funding the stadium development. It did not represent the entire £841,000 that the council spent, with the local authority still on the hook for the remaining amount. Ultimately, the council had not assisted in funding the stadium.

Commissioners had criticised the council for spending so much money without formal council approval, calling the act a “failure of governance” in a report.

According to a joint statement from Everton and the council, the final settlement was “amicable”. The statement went on to clarify that the settlement did not impact the council’s finances, “as an amount had already been prudently set aside when setting the 2022/23 budget”.

Over at Bramley-Moore Dock, the new stadium for Everton is making progress, with the first super-column installed last week. The column weighs 18-tonnes and is located in the north-western quadrant of the site. Engineers from Severfield steel fabricators in Bolton assisted with the installation process.

A second column in the north-eastern quadrant is set to be installed soon. Laing O’Rourke estimates that it will create a lattice of steelwork to join the two corners within six weeks.

The stadium is due to complete in 2024. Credit: via planning documents

Laing O’Rourke structural principal engineer, Steve Farden, described the column installation as a “huge milestone” for the scheme.

“I’ve been working on the project for two years and a lot of detailed planning has gone into preparing for the first steelwork column to go into the north-west stand,” Farden said.

“It signifies the start of the construction of the structural steel frame, which in turn will enable us to commence the concourse works for the north stand.

“Within three weeks, the steelwork will be up to level two and connected to the concrete core in the corner.”

When the stadium is complete, its framework will be made up of more than 12,000 tonnes of steelwork.

Those looking for the next milestone in the scheme should keep an eye out for four tower cranes, which are set to be constructed on each quadrant of the site.

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Yes tower crane bases all installed I believe, or just one to go, so all looking good.
Think once developers see satisfactory progress being made some of the properties in the adjacent streets will see work progressing on re-furbs for bars, cafes , hotels etc, and hopefully some new-build,multi-storey residential.

By Anonymous

Quite big residential/hotel investment already starting to happen…..positive for the area . Shame the city council can’t spark similar investment elsewhere in the city

By George

Big investment for that part of the Waterfont creeping up

By Anonymous

Brilliant news and great to see tangible progress. Laing O’Rourke are a safe per of hands for this once in a lifetime project. With such an iconic location and stadium once finished this will hopefully prove to be a catalyst for much needed quality developments along the waterfront and the city in general. Cant wait to see it finished , night game live on the TV and cruise liner next door , what a positive advertisement for the city.

By Paul M - Woolton

An open canal (riverside waterway) connect from Liverpool to the north docks would be good. Two swinging or rising bridges needed. And a money-making tourist-boat tour idea; from Liverpool to Everton Stadium to Northern Docks and back, like in Hamburg.

By James Yates

I would have give LCC nothing !! It wasn’t Everton’s wrong doing….

By Terry efc

What will it be called Goodison 2

By Anonymous

Whatever happened to Joe Anderson?

By Terry

New hotels, etc.
On what do you base this article of faith?

By John

Still can’t believe this isn’t 60,000+

By Honest Kloppite

Going to look just wonderful on our beautiful Waterfront .

By UKcapital.LPL

Can I suggest the new ground be called Prince Rupert’s Stadium and perhaps the original tower be uplifted and moved to a new home within this magnificent new construction……for safe keeping of course. A replica could be placed on the Brow, or is that a bit too radical?.

By Roger Thirlby

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