The £500m project at Bramley-Moore Dock plays a prominent role in Peel L&P’s £5bn Liverpool Waters development.
Everton Football Club took possession of the site on 26 July, with lead contractor Laing O’Rourke getting to work immediately on readying the site for the three-year build. On 10 August, the club had a ceremony celebrating the first incision made into the eastern quayside of the dock.
“This is a momentous day,” said Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. “One that we have all been waiting for. To know that Evertonians and the people of this great city are together with us on this journey is a special feeling.
“Now that the work has commenced we can all watch our magnificent home as it comes to life,” he continued. “I am stating the obvious, but must reiterate that this day could not have happened without [Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s] continued support on every level and the drive and determination of our CEO Denise [Barrett-Baxendale], and her team.”
Chris Capes, director of development for Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters said: “Everton’s new stadium will transform the city’s waterfront, accelerate regeneration, and support social and economic growth for North Liverpool and the wider Liverpool City Region.”
When complete, the stadium will have a capacity of 52,888 fans.
Approximately 12,000 construction staff are expected to work on the stadium over the course of its build. Everton estimates the construction will boost the UK economy by £1.3bn.
The scheme itself has proven controversial of late. It was singled out as one of the reasons for Unesco stripping Liverpool of its world heritage title earlier this summer.
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