Everton Hydraulic Tower
The hydraulic tower was built in 1883

Everton lodges stadium heritage proposals

Dan Whelan

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. 

Everton Stadium And Hydraulic Cafe

A café forms part of the proposals

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.   

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Just who do they think they are, preserving historic buildings and putting them back into productive use – tsk!

By Bob Allatt

Bob :) – completely agree that bringing historic buildings into modern day use maintained by the money they create whilst enhancing the public realm at the same time. Can’t see any issue for the application

By Tomo

Is anybody really interested in saving an ugly and obsolete industrial building? Everton and their fans would be much better served if this was knocked down and the land used for additional car parking or public space.

By Unimpressed

I think this will look great and will really enhanced the open space next to it. Something different compared to other stadiums where everything is flattened around it to make way for car parking and shopping centres (Wembley being the worst offender). Hopefully there won’t be too much value engineering on the stadium so that it looks completely different from the visual as I think they both complement each other well.

By Aevis

Lovely to see this being given new use and a nod to the history of the place!

By Lizzy Baggot

Great to see this important building retained …will add to the character and interest of the site …..shame it can’t be a pub …that could additionally be used on days other than match days

By George

Shhh! Don’t tell the nimbys.

By Michael McDonut