Everton have released an update about the new stadium project, giving more details on where things stand ahead of the second round of public consultations coming up in a month as well as the status of the Goodison Legacy Project.
Stadium Development Director Coling Chong, appointed in the Board reshuffle in August 2018, declared that progress is still on track per the revised timescale released in autumn last year and that we will finally see some designs for the proposed arena during the consultations.
No images of the proposed stadium design were included at any of the recent engagement sessions. However, the latest design concepts are on track to be released as part of the second stage consultation in July. At this stage, every supporter – and, indeed, every resident of the city region – will be encouraged to either attend the consultation or give their feedback online to have their say on our plans.
This second stage of the formal consultation will be running from 26 July to 25 August with times and locations to be announced soon.
Following this stage of the process we aim to submit our planning applications before the end of the year, as outlined when we published our project timescale in 2018.
He added that the location of the stadium by the Mersey will play a big part in design elements, taking into account the history of the docks.
Our project architect, Dan Meis, has consistently spoken about how a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock should reflect the impressive location of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, while contributing to the maritime and dockland surroundings. There is a lot of material and architectural inspiration in that area to consider and that will allow us to look to create something unique yet respectful of its environment.
At the moment, Bramley-Moore Dock is not open to the public so it’s perhaps difficult to appreciate the site’s rich heritage. Through our proposed stadium design, the Club’s plan is to recognise the dock’s unique attributes, accentuating and preserving them and making them accessible for everyone to enjoy.
From Chong’s comments, it appears that as long as the planning applications are put in by the end of 2019, and as long as there are no further hitches, Everton could be in their new stadium come 2023.
The Goodison Legacy Project will ensure that after the club leaves the Grand Old Lady the area will continue to be used for good, serving the community.
We have also been continuing our engagement with local residents and businesses in Liverpool 4 on the Goodison Legacy Project. From recent focus groups and drop-in sessions, residents have given us an insight into what they feel their area needs and how the project to ensure a lasting legacy when we leave Goodison will help the local community.
This project will ultimately be overseen by a Trust Board and, working with local residents, we are committed to building on the life-changing and life-saving work of our official charity Everton in the Community and the £10million already spent in developing the Goodison Campus – the Everton Free School & Football College, The People’s Hub, The Blue Base and The People’s Place - by providing health amenities, education facilities, community space, enterprise hubs and homes.