The scheme features 173 homes and 51,000 sq ft of offices. Credit: via planning documents

Goodison Park legacy project back in spotlight

Having signed-off plans to knock down Everton FC’s 129-year-old football stadium more than 12 months ago, Liverpool City Council is poised to approve the redevelopment for a second time next week.

In recent months, the city council has recalled several previously approved schemes to committee to ensure they comply with the authority’s newly adopted local plan and changing national planning legislation. Everton FC’s Goodison Park legacy project is the latest to be reevaluated. 

In February 2021, Liverpool City Council voted in favour of Everton’s £82m plan to redevelop its current home into a mixed-use scheme featuring 173 homes and 51,000 sq ft of offices. 

The approval followed the green light for the club’s new 53,000-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which is now under construction and due to complete in 2024. 

As well as the homes and office space, the outline proposals for the Goodison Park site in Walton comprise a 63,000 sq ft, six-storey care home, more than 107,000 sq ft of space for community uses, and 8,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space. 

Condy Lofthouse Architects and Everton’s design advisor Planit-IE are leading on the scheme’s design. CBRE is the planning consultant for the project. 

Liverpool City Council has recommended the scheme be approved by its planning committee, which meets next week. 

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This local plan is aimed at restricting visionary design and imagination, as well as curtailing aspirations of being a high profile world city, and is intent on seeing Liverpool as a dull backwater, and this is the best this bunch of councillors can come up with.

By Anonymous

Just awfull LCC need replacing

By Anonymous

Would be interested to know whether Liverpool, particularly after the recent problems, employs a specialist in urban planning and also whether architectural advice is available to scrutinise build quality and impact on local environment. Guardian reported last week that 71% of local authorities lack this kind of support with southern England authorities more likely to employ such specialists to advice their panels

By Anonymous

LCC didn’t design the scheme – blame would be due to developers and their design team.

I do wonder on merit of 50k sqft of office space here – do they have any tenants lined up??

By Merit

Once Everton leave this area County Road will have to transform but the fabric of the high road should remain, and though not all the shopping offer might be needed the buildings can be re-used in stretches for residential accommodation. However better design is needed at street level instead of the lazy re-furbs that blight many old high street conversions with a flat front window, the council needs to instruct builders to recess the ground level windows and set them behind metal railings, thus looking more attractive to the eye.

By Anonymous

Who wants to live in a six story blue care home? If that’s supposed to be some sort of memory/Artifact of the stadium, they need to try harder or not at all….

By Anonymous

The blue block is an office block replicating the existing stadium and is intended to be for EFC/EitC

By Anonymous

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