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.
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.”