Stadium will act as a ‘game changer’ for Club and city region
Club to begin month-long consultation period on new stadium and a legacy project at Goodison Park
Everton Football Club today revealed the proposed designs for its iconic new stadium which would be built on semi-derelict dockland in North Liverpool and deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy.
Images of the stadium were revealed by world-renowned architect
Dan Meis at an event for the Club’s fans held in a former warehouse at the
Titanic Hotel just yards from the proposed Bramley-Moore Dock site which is
part of the wider Liverpool Waters development.
The concepts show a stunning brick, steel and glass design
which takes its inspiration from the historic maritime and warehouse buildings
nearby. The structure combines the historic and the modern, with the brick base
of the stadium incorporating a subtle nod to Goodison Park’s famous Archibald
Leitch lattice work while the dynamic roof structure made from steel and glass
gives the stadium a modern finish.
The stadium is made up of four distinctive stands including
a large steep home stand to the south that will house 13,000 Evertonians on
matchdays. Supporters will be as close to the action as regulations permit as
the Club seeks to capture and amplify the intensity and intimacy of Goodison Park
in this modern arena.
The design of both North and South stand lower tiers will
make it easy to adopt rail seating and, should legislation change in the
future, they could also be converted into areas for safe standing offering
supporters optionality and flexibility in the future.
The Club also used the event to reveal its plans for the
redevelopment of Goodison Park to create a range of community assets such as
homes, health, education and enterprise amenities as well as the introduction
of public space which will include a lasting tribute to the Club’s current home
of 127 years.
The event marked the start of a month-long public
consultation into the Club’s plans – which have been badged as The People’s
Project – with the results of the consultation informing further refinements to
Following the final detailed design work, two planning
applications will be submitted by the 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.
Prof. 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
“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
“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
Construction of the stadium, on what is largely abandoned
dockland, would be a huge fillip to Liverpool’s economy and would kick-start
major regeneration in the north of the city, which is one of the most deprived
areas in the UK.
Research carried out by international property
consultancy CBRE indicates the proposals would deliver a £1bn boost to the
city’s economy with the potential for up to 15,000 new jobs generating £34m of
income to local families.
Annual Council Tax receipts would be boosted by more than
£2.2m and there would be an uplift of up to £1.7m in Business Rate income. It
is also estimated an additional 1.4 million visitors would be attracted to the
city if the stadium were built.
Earlier this year Lord Michael Heseltine, former Deputy
Prime Minister and long-term champion of Liverpool’s regeneration, described
the Club’s plans as a ‘golden opportunity to bring lasting change to the north
of the city’, while a range of private and public sector leaders have expressed
their support for the proposals.
THE STADIUM PLANS
The Club’s proposals include extensive, high quality
public spaces for use on both matchdays and non-matchdays, the creation of a
waterway to connect the docks and a new multi-storey car park next to the
river, with a footbridge linking it to the stadium. The car park would be low
enough that it did not block views of the stadium from the river or views of
the river from the stadium.
The stadium would be built on a north-south
orientation. This is the best approach in terms of the impact of sunshine and
shadow on the fans’ experience and on the televising of matches. It is also the
best approach with regards to prevailing winds, retention of heritage assets
and provision of public space around the stadium.
Everton is proposing a stadium capacity of 52,000
with the potential for that to rise to 62,000 in the future, subject to further
planning permission. The stadium will
also be future-proofed for any changes in regulations in relation to safe
standing. The design of two of the stands (north and south) will allow for rail
seating and in future, should the law change, a safe standing solution.
The designers are proposing to build the stadium and
the car park using traditional brick, glass and steel. The dominance of the brick
is designed to ensure the development looks at home in the dockland setting and
takes its inspiration from the brick used in the nearby Stanley Dock complex.
The current proposals show a nod to Goodison Park’s Archibald Leitch
architecture with a subtle reference to the stadium’s famous lattice work in
Inside the stadium, fans would be as close as five
metres to the action with all stands offering unobstructed sightlines. The
overall design will also help amplify the noise within the stadium ensuring the
best possible atmosphere. The home stand would be the South Stand and would
consist of a single steep tier of seats, with a super-riser to factor in any
future changes in legislation to accommodate safe standing.
The Fan Plaza would be to the east of the stadium
and would be about the same size as Liverpool’s Pier Head. It would be the
focus for pre-and post-match entertainment and activity.
Within the Fan Plaza, the top of the original dock
wall could be revealed within the paving, maintaining the outline of the former
a destination & preserving historical features
Bramley-Moore Dock sits within Liverpool’s World
Heritage site but is inaccessible to the public and sits next to a United
Utilities waste water treatment plant.
The Club plans to breathe new life into the site,
open it up for year-round public use and ensure the stadium becomes a
destination both on matchdays and non-matchdays.
Preservation and restoration of a number of the
dock’s key features are planned.
Preserving the dock wall – innovative
engineering would ensure the dock structure is protected, preserved and where
appropriate exposed for visitors to understand the city’s dockland heritage. If
the Club were to ever move again in the distant future the stadium could be
deconstructed and the returned into a dock.
Hydraulic Tower – The grade II
listed building is currently inaccessible and disrepair. The Club plans to
repair and restore the Hydraulic Tower and make it a visitor attraction.
Retaining a water channel –The Club
plans to maintain a water channel between Bramley-Moore Dock and its
neighbouring Sandon Half-Tide Dock and Nelson Dock. Connectivity forms part of
the Outstanding Universal Value that was part of the dock’s World Heritage Site
designation and although boats cannot navigate through any of the three docks
the Club has committed to maintain the channel and retain the Outstanding
Public spaces – Where possible, the Club would retain
the traditional flagstones, cobbles, ironwork, capstones and railway lines in
the public areas around the stadium. A number of the public spaces around the
stadium are designed to be flexible so community, cultural and business
organisations could use them.
THE GOODISON PARK PLANS
The Club’s proposals for Goodison Park are unique and have
been designed in conjunction with local people to ensure a legacy for the area,
with the proposed development of homes, health, education, community and
enterprise facilities which will improve wellbeing and opportunity for local residents.
The proposed development would include significant
landscaped areas, including trees, private garden space and public space. A
large publicly accessible open space is proposed at the centre of the
masterplan, where the Goodison Park pitch currently sits, as a lasting reminder
of the Club’s footballing legacy.
A mix of housing (up to 48) and apartments (up to 160) could
be developed to create a choice in housing size, type and tenure. This could
include new family housing developed under a scheme that would explore new ways
to make them available to local residents.
The creation of facilities to encourage business start-ups
could be provided at the site. This could support young people in particular or
focus on a specific sector, for example within the creative and digital
The masterplan proposes the development of an education
facility which could accommodate the expansion of the Everton Free School or could
provide a new facility for children or adults, with the potential to also build
a new children’s centre for community use.
A multi-purpose centre could be delivered to address health
and wellbeing issues for people of all ages to access advice, care and support.
The Club is currently engaging with the NHS to understand the nature of the
The provision of much-needed accommodation and care for
people with a range of needs could be provided. Proposals being considered range
from assisted living for the elderly to intensive residential care for people
with dementia and other illnesses.
Everton is proposing the creation of small-scale
community-led retail, food and beverage and leisure facilities, which
complement the area’s existing offer and meet the needs of the community.
Current proposals include approximately 4,000 sq m of office
floorspace. It is anticipated that some of this would be occupied by the Club’s
award winning official charity Everton in the Community.
The Club is considering the retention of key features of the
public art such as the Dixie Dean statue and the new Holy Trinity statue to
ensure Everton’s historic role in the community is celebrated and to continue
to attract visitors to the site.
THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION
The plans for Everton’s new waterfront stadium and proposals
for the redevelopment of Goodison Park will be shown across Liverpool City
Region as part of the Club’s second wide scale consultation with the public.
The People’s Project public consultation takes place from
Friday 26 July to Sunday 26 August and will also involve a Virtual Reality
interactive exhibition, visiting 12 locations across all six city region
boroughs until 18 August. The consultation is available online until 25 August.
For those unable to attend, the exhibition will be able to
be accessed via The People’s Project App to view stadium images and 360 degree
views, as well as via the People’s Project website, www.peoples-project.co.uk
The public consultation marks the second stage of a
formal process which began with a first stage public consultation last
than 20,000 people took part in that consultation, with the overwhelming
majority backing the proposed move to Bramley-Moore Dock, part of Peel
L&P’s Liverpool Waters site, and the redevelopment of Goodison Park.
Both the People’s Project App and the campaign website will carry all
the information on the consultation programme as it is finalised and will be
updated through the month of consultation and the lifetime of project.
The consultation will ask members of the
public for their views on a range of issues in relation to both Bramley-Moore Dock
and the Club’s intention to leave a legacy at Goodison Park.
The consultation is an essential part of the planning application process and it follows previous engagement by the Club with its fans, Goodison residents and senior business, cultural and public sector figures in the Liverpool City Region.