Exactly 125 years ago today, Everton Football Club made an historic announcement that they were going to be building a new stadium home – Goodison Park would serve the blues well, and see the club dominate the 1980’s with fellow rivals Liverpool in the top flight of domestic and European sport.
Today, the board of Everton Football Club are repeating history – an incredible new £300m+ stadium is to be built on the banks of the royal blue Mersey, at it’s new home – Bramley Moore Dock. The land is thought to have changed hands for £22m.
Designed by international Architect Dan Meis, the arena will potentially seat 50,000+ fans and bring to life the northern end of developer Peel’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters master plan.
“We are delighted to have agreed heads of terms with Everton regarding the development of a state-of-the-art football stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
“It’s been an exciting and progressive couple of weeks for Peel, first unveiling our vision for the new Central Docks neighbourhood at Liverpool Waters and now reaching an initial agreement with Everton for a new waterfront stadium.
“It’s important to remember that this is the start of a long process and we will be working very closely with Everton, Liverpool City Council and Historic England to better understand the site and develop the proposals.
“As the current owners, we have a level of knowledge and experience of the site which we believe will help Everton deliver not just a new stadium but a stunning addition to Liverpool’s northern waterfront.”
“We are delighted that we have been able to agree Heads of Terms with Peel, giving us control of the Bramley Moore Dock site and allowing us the time we need to complete the substantial further work required to be able to confirm the project’s viability.
“We can now move forward into the next phase of work with much greater confidence.”
Liverpool City Council will serve to protect the club by paying for the stadium should the club get into financial difficulties, however it is not likely that would ever be the case. A joint company will be set up between the council and Everton to make sure the project goes ahead.
“I’m delighted that we have got to a stage where the city and Everton can publicly share the vision for the club’s potential new home at Bramley Moore Dock.
“I understand that creating this financial arrangement is a small step in a long journey for the club, but it is the first step and for that reason it is a special moment in the city’s – and Everton’s – long illustrious history. If things progress like we all hope, it marks the start of a new and exciting chapter.
“The proposed new stadium will be a landmark for the city’s spectacular north Liverpool waterfront and a powerful statement of intent for the club and the city that will resonate globally.”
23rd March 2017 by