Everton have confirmed work will commence on the construction of their new state of the art stadium later this month.
The club will take possession of the Bramley-Moore Dock site, part of Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, on Monday 26 July and work will commence immediately to start building the new stadium.
The club have estimated a three-year timeframe for the construction to take place which would potentially allow them to begin playing in their new home from the 2024/25 season.
The build on the city’s famous waterfront won the approval of the Liverpool Council in February and has subsequently advanced through the higher echelons of government, allowing the work to begin.
The club have outlined a 12-stage process for the construction works, which they believe will take 150 weeks, and which will start with the site preparation – including preserving the Grade II listed dock wall and stabilising of the hydraulic tower located on the site – prior to the infilling of the dock.
Contractors Laing O’Rourke will then begin their work on the site, with the long-term view of the stadium benefits to the city outlined by the club.
The 52,888-seated stadium will employ 15,000 workers – including 12,000 in construction – and is estimated to boost the economy by £1billion.
Everton Chairman, Bill Kenwright has said: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm that construction work will commence on our new stadium later this month. This will be a momentous day in the history of the Club and is testament to the ambition and financial commitment of Farhad and the determination and talent of Denise and her executive team at the Club.
“Like every Evertonian Goodison Park has been a massive part of my life but in moving forward we could not have found a more fitting nor more glorious site for our new stadium – one which will both honour our history and celebrate our magnificent future.”
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Everton’s Chief Executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale has added: “This moment will rank as one of the most important in the Club’s history as it symbolises a new era for Evertonians, an era which will see our supporters, their children and their children’s children supporting their team in one of the finest stadiums in world football.
“This project presents such an exciting future for our club and is a clear demonstration of our owner’s commitment and ambition.
“I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping us reach this point – my colleagues who have ensured this project has remained on schedule despite the challenging circumstances presented by the pandemic, business leaders and politicians, the people of the city and, of course, our supporters who have given us their unwavering support at every stage of this project.
“I would also like to thank Laing O’Rourke and look forward to working with them and seeing our stunning designs become a reality in the years ahead.”