Everton lodges stadium heritage proposals
Having won approval for a new £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, the football club is seeking consent to incorporate a grade two-listed hydraulic tower into its plans for a fan park.
Everton has requested listed building consent to convert the 138-year-old tower into an exhibition or cultural centre aimed at celebrating the history of the club and Liverpool’s docklands.
A café also forms part of the proposals.
The listed building consent application seeks permission for work to make the derelict building weather-tight and structurally sound, as well as creating new openings to allow for a functional layout for the intended use of the building, according to the club.
The hydraulic tower, built in 1883, was originally used to power dock infrastructure, and was part of a high-level railway system that served the docks.
The issue of heritage conservation proved a thorn in the club’s side as it progressed plans for the 53,000-capacity stadium, which were given government approval last month.
Historic England called for the plans to be refused on the grounds that infilling the listed Bramley-Moore Dock would cause harm to the UNESCO World Heritage site.