The Liverpool City Council’s chief executive Ged Fitzgerald earlier today said that a new Everton stadium in the North Docks area could be worth £300m to Liverpool’s docklands.
Speaking at MIPIM UK, the United Kingdom's largest annual property conference and exhibition, he highlighted the potential of the stadium to revitalize the area. He was joined by Liverpool Knowledge Quarter chief executive Colin Sinclair as they discussed key investment opportunities at an event titled ‘Liverpool: A City of Opportunity’.
On Friday, majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had led a contingent that included members of the Board, the Mayor of Liverpool, and the as-yet-unconfirmed architect of the project Dan Meis to first the Bramley Moore site, followed by the Stonebridge Cross location.
Xan Young, an architect in Meis’s firm had been reported to be working on the initial stadium designs - Meis Studio have signed a non-disclosure agreement with the club and cannot be reached for comment at this time.
Fans are almost unanimous that they would like a stadium on the docks, with the opportunity for the stadium to host non-footballing events as well being an additional draw to the dockland area.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Fitzgerald continued -
“We obviously now wait to see what conversations take place between Everton FC and Peel, the owners of the site, and see whether a deal can be done.
“I think there’s some really exciting potential opportunities for that stadium in that location. “That itself would create a massive magnet and anchor point for the regeneration of the wider North Liverpool area and would be a fantastic destination and attraction in its own right. And I say that even as a Liverpool fan.
“But I think from a regeneration point of view it’s a fantastic opportunity.”
Earlier, Ellen Cutler, head of Invest Liverpool, had said -
"MIPIM UK is a fantastic platform to promote the Liverpool City Region and all it has to offer.
"Liverpool has really come into its own in the last ten years, with developments like Liverpool One, the Arena and Convention Centre and Enterprise Centre Liverpool at the King's Dock and Liverpool Waters breathing new life and confidence into the city. While developments like Sensor City, Liverpool's first university enterprise zone, and Sci-Tech Daresbury, which is one of only two national Science and Innovation Campuses in the UK, are pushing forward the region's capabilities in next-generation technology and industry.
"This is a dynamic, accessible region with a brilliant world-class brand backed up by solid, significant investment that is driving forward growth across the region, and we can't wait to tell the Liverpool story at MIPIM UK."