Everton have appointed Laing O’Rourke as the club’s “preferred contractor” to build their proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
The club have made the appointment after what they say was a “competitive procurement process”. A pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) for a design and build contract will now be signed, with the two parties working together to develop a detailed timetable for delivery.
Some of Laing O’Rourke’s previous projects include the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, the Etihad Stadium expansion and the Liverpool One shopping centre.
Everton Chief Executive Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said:
“Appointing Laing O’Rourke is another important step towards delivering a new world-class waterfront stadium for Everton.
“We are partnering with an organisation who bring a wealth of experience and a track-record of quality, sustainability and global delivery, including major investment projects right here in Liverpool.
“There is still a lot of work to do on this project. Working alongside colleagues at Laing O’Rourke we will develop our construction programme, while at the same time continuing to engage with our supporters on a number of matters as we await our planning application to be determined by Liverpool City Council.”
The Toffees submitted planning permission shortly before Christmas and hope that will be granted by this summer, with work beginning in September.
Funding for the stadium has yet to be confirmed, but it is anticipated that an announcement will be made once planning permission has been granted.
Last month it was announced that Alisher Usmanov’s USM Group signed a £30m deal for first option on the stadium’s naming rights.
According to documents uploaded to the Liverpool council website, the club hope to be in their new stadium by September 2023. However, a final construction timeline will be revealed during the PCSA period.
The documents highlight the almost forensic detail the club has gone to in the planning process, including considering - and ruling out - 28 other potential sites for the stadium as well as environmental and heritage impact assessments. Another interesting nugget was confirmation that the proposed capacity is 52,888, something that has been the cause of much debate amongst the supporters in recent months.