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Everton stadium designs revealed

Charlie Schouten

The football club has unveiled the first images of its new stadium, due to be built at Bramley Moore Dock, part of the wider £5bn Liverpool Waters project.

The designs by architect Dan Meis show a 52,000-capacity stadium clad with brick, steel, and glass, featuring four stands. The largest of these will house up to 13,000 spectators while lower tiers in the North and South stands have the potential for safe standing.

There are proposals for extensive public realm around the stadium for matchdays and non-matchdays, with the creation of a waterway to connect the stadium with the docks, and a new multi-storey car park along the river Mersey.

A fan plaza, around the same size as Liverpool’s Pier Head, is planned to the east of the stadium.

The club has now launched a public consultation into the plans, which also include the redevelopment of its current home at Goodison Park into uses including housing and healthcare.

Following the final detailed design work, two planning applications will be submitted to Liverpool City Council by the football club: a detailed application for Bramley Moore Dock, and an outline application for Goodison Park. These applications are expected to be submitted before the end of 2019.

Everton has already completed a lease agreement with Peel L&P to assume a 200-year lease on the dock, subject to the club receiving planning permission.

It is expected the stadium will take around three years to build with completion pencilled in for 2023. In March, the club confirmed the expected cost of the stadium had risen to £500m from an initial estimate of £300m.

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Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton’s chief executive  officer said: “Today marks an incredibly important milestone for us as we seek to build a new stadium which will act as a ‘game changer’ for the Club and our city region.

“Our proposed stadium design takes its inspiration from both our city’s maritime history and from our Club’s rich heritage and traditions.

“It is, first and foremost, a stadium for football, for our passionate fans and for our players. A stadium that gives Everton Football Club a platform for growth both commercially and socially. But it is also a stadium for the entire city and a development which will deliver transformative benefits in terms of regeneration and inclusive growth for the whole Liverpool City Region and for North Liverpool in particular.

“Our plans for Goodison Park, although much more outlined at this stage, fulfil our promise to our neighbours in Liverpool 4 to work together to create something that will benefit the community for generations to me.

“There is still much work to be done to deliver both the stadium and the community-led legacy in Liverpool 4 but we remain on track to deliver these amazing transformational projects.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and especially would like to thank our fans, the residents and businesses around Goodison Park and the people of this city for listening to us, for sharing their ideas with us and for backing us on this journey.

“It is important that people continue to give us their views during this public consultation, so I would urge everyone to visit the exhibition as it tours the city region or go to the project website to take part.”

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Congratulations to the club and to Dan Meiss: you’ve nailed it.

Clearly, the club is not in a position to fund this, hence the whole process being pushed back by around 3 years to the supposed opening date. One must assume they feel they are near to fixing that problem, however.

The likely regenerative impact of this project is obvious. It’s a stunner and who wouldn’t want to develop around it? Get it built, Farhad – and quick.

By Sceptical

More heritage lost. It probably won’t go through in the end anyway.

By Bixteth Boy

I am very impressed with this design it compliments the surrounding area but very modern and futuristic.

By Paul

This is good news for both Everton and the area north of the city centre, hopefully regenerating this part of town. I’m not a big fan of the external appearance of the stadium, looks like a UFO has landed on top of a warehouse. What are the plans for County Rd once Everton relocate?

By L15 Red

Absolutely Stunning design both in a practical and esthetic way …Good Luck for the future

By Tina Power

Wow just wow

By Samx

Such a pleasant surprise. I love this design especially with the brick element of it to compliment the general look of the area. I’m sure most if not all Evertonians will be very happy today.

By Anonymous

Imagine how good that’s going to look on the skyline.

By Anonymous

Splendid.

By Elephant

Bixteth Boy, This has as much chance of going through as the last thing you objected to. That nice building site on Pall Mall.

Football is much more relevant to Liverpool’s heritage today than anything maritime related. So using a dead site to celebrate the city’s most prominent cultural activity is actually promoting heritage.

Heritage doesn’t just mean ancient history…and we’ve got plenty of dock-space to show what it was like back then anyway. We don’t need it all, just enough to give people an idea.

By FridayD

Great design and the plans on restoring the old historic build is are welcome. Let’s get it fast tracked through planning

By Stuart wood

Really really not a fan of that design – massive let down especially for such a good site.

By Really?

To everyone who has said ‘compliments’ above: you mean ‘complements’.

By Pendantic

Amazing. Everton Football Club are a credit to themselves and the city. Tying the stadium development in with the development of Goodison park to create affordable home and spaces for charities. They maybe behind their neighbours in terms of trophies but as a club and an enterprise and giving back to the city Everton are light years ahead.

By Sean

Looks like an excellent design, but I’m less stoked by the multi-storey car park. I just hope that as the project moves forward the club/city council show some ambition to enable sustainable transport modes for event days and meet their CO2 targets by enhancing the public transport options and enabling safe cycling links to the ground, thereby encouraging polluters to leave their metal boxes at home.

By Active Travel Trev

Looks great I hope it doesn’t get dumbed down because of cost.

By Lenny1968

Just think of the noise and congestion it will cause. Instead of dreaming about a new stadium, they should buy a new team. Everton fans can be a bit fickle.

By Poe

Well done Everton, a futuristic stadium which successfully blends the new with the old.
Take note Peel and produce some stunning architecture for the rest of the Liverpool Waters site, and not the shoddy student like apartment blocks which are currently being built.

By AG

First class Everton! The glass and steel hovering over the characteristic brick creates something magical and links perfectly with great warehouses of neighboring Stanley Dock and the river Mersey. This building is of Liverpool and belongs on our Waterfront. Everton is a great credit to our city.

By Roscoe

I am not an EFC fan, but I wish them well with this. It will be a great regeneration project for this area. Understand the brick theme in the design, considering the nearby Tobacco warehouse. These docks need urgent regeneration, they have been vaccant far too long. I trust Liverpool Planners to preserve the history and get this to fit in. But I will still hold my breath till I see a spade in the ground,

By Billy

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