The first section of the concrete superstructure of Everton’s £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has completed.
Main contractor Laing O’Rourke installed several pre-cast concrete panels and pillars this week. These elements form the part of the structure of the North West core, which will comprise the entrance turnstiles to the North Stand.
Following final planning approval in March, enabling work for the 53,000-capacity stadium began in the summer.
Prior to work beginning above ground, the dock was infilled with approximately 480,000 cubic meters of sand.
“We are ecstatic to see the first signs of the stadium appear above ground level before Christmas,” said Colin Chong, director of stadium development at Everton Football Club.
“This is a symbol of the progress we have made to date and is very much a statement of intent for the future. We are looking forward to 2022 where we’ll continue piling, putting in place the foundations for our new home.”
A total of 2,500 piles will be drilled across the site, each one around 16-20m deep, which will eventually be capped to form the sub-structure for the stadium.
Once complete, the scheme will act as a catalyst for more than £650m worth of accelerated regeneration directly benefiting the nearby Ten Streets development, according to the club.
The stadium is due to be ready in time for the 2023/24 season.