Following what is claimed to be one of the largest-ever public consultations in the UK, the football club has said it remains on course to submit a planning application for its £500m stadium in Liverpool by the end of the year.
The latest proposals for the stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, designed by architect by Dan Meis, feature a 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.
At the same time, the club has also put forward plans to redevelop its existing Goodison Park home into uses including housing and healthcare.
Everton confirmed it was “on track” to submit the application for the stadium, which will be in full, and the outline application for Goodison will be put forward by the end of this year. The two schemes together have been dubbed “The People’s Project” by the football club.
Two rounds of public consultation, one in November and December last year, and another this summer, generated more than 63,000 responses, with the club claiming it to be the largest commercial public consultation in the history of Liverpool.
The second round of consultation, focussed on details designs of the stadium and the regeneration of Goodison, attracted more than 43,000 responses, with roadshows around the city region attended by around 15,000 people.
Colin Chong, Everton’s stadium development director said: “The interest and enthusiasm for The People’s Project has resulted in an unprecedented response to the consultation. We’re grateful to the thousands of Evertonians, fans of other clubs and people that don’t have an interest in football who took part and shared their views with us.
“We have been busy working our way through the tens of thousands of comments and ideas and analysing the results which will inform our proposals as we progress to submitting our planning applications before the end of the year.
“We’ve been really pleased with the scale of response and how our approach to engagement and public consultation on this project has been recognised as exemplar by industry experts.
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.
This summer, London-based architect Pattern took over from Sheppard Robson as delivery architect for the project.