Everton football club will meet with Liverpool City Council tomorrow (23rd February) to review their proposal for the new £500 million stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The Toffees were able to breathe a sigh of relief at the weekend after winning at Anfield for the first time since 1999, now life looks to get even better as initial plans for their new home are making more extensive steps.

Planning officers recommended permission to be approved earlier in the month.

Everton’s plan

A 12-stage construction plan for the development of the new ground will be presented to Liverpool City Council in a meeting intended to outline the step by step process and analyse their near 200-page report recommending their plans for the new 52,000 seater waterfront stadium be approved.

Following tomorrow’s meeting, an initial 21 days will be allocated for a decision to be made by the government who have the final say.

New stadia would provide an economic boost to the city, creating more than 15,000 jobs and accelerating £650m of regeneration for North Liverpool.

The project, according to the construction plan, will take around 150 weeks (37 months) meaning it could be playable by the start of the 2024 season.

The plan, in essence, follows a twelve-step guide with estimated dates to indicate when key events take place;

Step by step guide

Stage 1 – The site is prepped and made ready for work, repairing the original dock walls, protecting the listed structures and beginning construction of permanent northern isolation structure, dock infilling, material compaction and installation of geotextile membrane.

Stage 2 – Substructure including piling.

Stage 3 – Superstructure concrete works for East and West stands begins.

Stage 4 – Steelwork and precast terracing.

Stage 5 – Roof steelwork.

Stage 6 – Construction of the polycarbonate roof and mesh cladding to the barrel roofing system.

Stage 7 – Façade works including secondary steel, brickwork piers, glazing, and mesh and brick infills between brick piers, doors, gates turnstiles, etc.

Stage 8 – Mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation, internal fit-out works including installation of lifts & escalators fit-out of accommodation, corporate spaces, concessions, concourses and bowl including seating.

Stage 9 – Work on pitch starts.

Stage 10 – Excavation of new Western Water Channel.

Stage 11 – External works including hard and soft landscaping and completion of Regent Road wall openings.

Stage 12 – Testing, commissioning and move to fully operational; ahead of the 2024 season.

Timing

While time scales always vary with large scale, long term projects like these, Everton will be excited to get work started soon. The plan is to start in either the spring or summer of 2021.

This will be a relief to Toffee’s fans who have seen plans for a new stadium fall through before.

In 2003, plans were put in place for a new 50,000-capacity stadium at King’s Dock but the club could not raise enough money effectively.

Now under new owner Farhad Moshiri they want to be seen as more competitive in the top flight and this new multi-purpose arena certainly won’t harm their case.

Following the 12 step plan some rough dates were outlined;

Week 1 – 25
Work begins on the initial substructure and precast to the North and South stands; some infilling is done to the original dock.

Week 25-50
Steelwork begins on the North and South stands, while substructure work begins on the East and West Stand.

Week 50-75
Will be roof steelwork to the North and South stands, with a ‘concrete superstructure’ added to the East and West.

Week 76-100
Steel roof trusses added as well as roof coverings, steelwork and precast terrace units used for the North and South stands.

Weeks 101-125
Includes roof coverings and fit-out to the East and West stands, and fit-out continuing to the North and South.

Weeks 126-150
Final touches to East and West Stand, pitch under construction.

A live stream of tomorrow’s meeting which begins around 9.45am is available here:

http://councillors.liverpool.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=307&MId=18109&Ver=4

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