Everton West Stand Updated
The stepped area of public realm replaces original proposals for a car park

Everton revamps £500m stadium design 

Dan Whelan

Proposals for Everton FC’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock have been tweaked and the club says it expects to be on site early next year subject to planning approval. 

In a letter to supporters, Everton’s stadium development director Colin Chong outlined a series of design changes to the plans submitted to Liverpool City Council last December. The club is preparing to launch a fresh public consultation on the revisions for the stadium to be located at the Port of Liverpool site. 

According to the letter, the height of the stadium has been decreased “in line with the council’s Liverpool’s World Heritage site guidance”, but the capacity – 52,000 people – remains unchanged. 

The multistorey car park attached to the West Stand has been scrapped in favour of a surface level car park at West Quay.  

In its place, a stepped plaza facing the River Mersey has been added to the West Stand, creating an area of public realm.

Everton Stadium East Stand

The overall height of the stadium has been reduced but the capacity remains unchanged

This, along with a decision to relocate solar panels planned for West Quay to the roof of the stadium, aims to create more space for supporters on match days. 

The amendments to the plans will be subject to a council-led consultation and the club hopes a planning decision will be made before the end of the year.  

Once approved, lead contractor Laing O’Rourke will embark on a three-year build process. 

Buro Happold and Planit-IE have been retained as engineering consultants and landscape architects respectively, according to Chong who confirmed the appointment of Pattern as project architect after the departure of Meis Studio, which designed the scheme. 

The letter said “it is most likely that work could commence on site in early 2021”, however Chong said this could be subject to change.

He said: “As there are currently so many factors over which we do not have direct control, it would be unwise to commit to a specific date when our build will commence – or when we are likely to be playing in the new stadium.  

“However, we have every confidence in our project plan and the team we have assembled to deliver it. And, as I’m sure you know, everyone at the club is entirely committed to getting us into a new home at Bramley-Moore Dock as soon as we possibly can.” 

The amendments were made following consultation with the council, heritage and environmental organisations and other stakeholders.

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More lost heritage in the name of development. They have a stadium just over two miles away that could be modernised.

By Bixteth Boy

The powers that be don’t want this stadium. Not in our lifetimes will we ever see it. Meanwhile the city down the road is planning a new arena to add another to its collection.

They will create as many obstacles as they can, using excuse after excuse. But hey, we’re getting a zip-wire so that should do the trick.

By Michael McDonut

nice stadium wrong place

By Anonymous

No need for two 50,000 plus capacity stadiums in a small city. It’s wasteful and unsustainable. Why don’t they just play at Anfield? It’s right next to their current stadium anyway.

By Bon

@bixteth boy. Everyone can see that Goodison is outdated and hemmed in with little room for redevelopment unless they go down the route of cpo’s and booting people out of their homes. The is wasteland, lay as such for 40+ years. Shame people weren’t as vocal about heritage when the dock next door was infilled for a sewerage works.. This development can be a catalyst for north docks, and it very much needs it, and can hopefully accelerate Liverpool Waters as a whole.

By L17

I hope it doesn’t look as ugly as that render.

By Red monkey

I hope this commences. I can imagine the awe on the faces of visiting supporters in their moment of realisation, breathing in the sea air, with the sound of seagulls up above. The sight of visiting cruise ships, the sudden calmness of the mind as it absorbs the vistas. The architecture on the way to and from Lime Street station. All wishing they didn`t have to go home.

There`s someone else posting under my name. The clue is in the grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.

By Liverpool romance

Oh this is happening and Michael your obsessed with Manchester….turn it in!
Liverpool is responsible for itself , Liverpool is a big City and i agree we should be building more office space , have you expressed your concerns to Liverpool planning committee ?

By dot

or contact Steve Rotherham or Joe Anderson

By Anonymous

Hopefully this goes ahead as it will help regenerate the area.

@bixteth boy – what lost heritage? There’s nothing there at the moment.

By Chris

money would be better spent on buying a new team first.

By Anonymous

Bixteth Boy What heritage is being lost? No one was vocal when the sewage plant was built on the docks wonder why?

By Flan

This project is a great opportunity to revitalise the heritage of the docklands around there. A vocal minority would like to see it remain fallow and decayed as it has been for decades.

By ST

@Bixteth Boy – have you ever been to Goodison?

By Anonymous

The Liver Building was constructed over an in-filled dock,as were more modern buildings like the Arena , where is the heritage looking at a wasteland. As long as we can restore as many old warehouses as possible that will suffice.
The UNESCO agreement needs amending it`s too restrictive, as the saying goes ” you can live in the past but make sure you don`t bury yourself in it”.

By sound

It’s happening.

The funding streams are solid, consultant appointments / retentions are sorted and Laing O’Rourke and their supply chain are gearing up.

Some final massing tweaks in accordance with World Heritage guidelines and sorting of the public realm.

I’d say enabling works (reclamation work package) on site in around nine months, so a summer 2021 start. Around a year of reclamation works, and then around two years of new-build (substructures, frame, façade, fit-out, pitch works, externals).

Practical completion in early-to-mid 2024.

Operational and crowd testing events through Spring and Summer 2024 and the first Premier League competitive game held on Saturday 10th August 2024.

By North by North-West

Good additions to an already great design …disgrace that some ! Heritage bodies opposed and want it called in …this project opens up heritage which has been derelict for scores of years and if the proposal fails the area will face dereliction for decades ….also a chance to provide a massive boost for the regional economy will be lost which is especially vital at this time. Hopefully because of the quality of the architecture and the importance of this project to kickstart regeneration….the government will give it the go ahead

By George

As a fan of a club in a lower league I can only look on with some envy. A day out in the city, pop along to the football along the quay, back into town for the evening…fantastic for the fans and the city. So many clubs have condemned their fans to soulless out of town stadiums on retail parks where you can only reasonably reach the places by car. I can’t imagine Evertonians being anything other than stoked by these plans.

By Sceptic

Great addition to a beautiful Waterfront City .

By ditty

Its a stunning ground !!!!!!

By Anonymous

UNESCO has reduced Liverpool from a world city Into a dormitory town. It needs to go. If it doesn’t go we’ll be falling another 10 years behind Manchester within the next couple of years.

It’s cost Liverpool 10 years. 10 years we can’t get back.

By Michael McDonut

There is nothing to lose here, and everything to gain. Just don’t understand the total lack of nuance in the thinking of those who oppose everything and anything, but are not vocal when actual damage is being done to the city’s heritage. Where were Historic England when Zip world put in their application to land on the roof of a listed library? Answer: Nowhere to be seen.

If this really is the meaning and consequence of WHS, then the city needs to let it go. It has done nothing to protect anything of significance, and always actively blocks things which would be of benefit and add real value to the city.

This is a great proposal, and the club have done everything possible to positively enhance the site and many of its heritage structures.

By JA

Of course Liverpool can sustain two stadiums, and this proposal by Everton FC would also give to the city a fantastic venue for other sporting and musical events.

By JA

@Bon, Liverpool is the only city in the NW with two Premier League grounds and clubs, think about it?

By On the ball.

This is a fantastic proposal, there is something magical about waterfront stadiums/arenas. I agree with others, imagine the excitement in the air walking down from Lime Street to the docks for a concert or football match in the evening.

By Frank

UNESCO has been on Liverpools case for some years now and they have been part of the strangulation of the city.
Last October Liverpool was on the top six at risk sites in the world along with Vienna who were proposing a high rise building near a main square.
The truth is the Liverpool site is too big with too many focal points, funny how London never gets bothered , even though the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are in close proximity to modern and high rise buildings.

By Anonymous

Definitely looks better than Anfield! Not hard though!

By Anonymous

They’d better start quick. The economic forecasts for the coming years are looking very shaky. When inflation really starts to take off next year after all of this liquidity being pumped into economies around the world they’ll be battening down the hatches for survival not building stadiums!

By Bluepill

I’m not obsessed with Manchester at all, or anymore than you are @dot, and I mention it no more than anyone else.

If something’s not right, then I will say it. I believe UNESCO and English Heritage are so concerned, about Liverpool’s heritage, then they would block the tacky zip-wire. As soon as it’s anything to do with pushing Liverpool forward, they intervene. I believe this is deliberate and someone who’s anti-Liverpool are pulling their strings. Manchester is the northern capital, in all but title.#northernpowerhouse

By Michael McDonut