The scale of Everton’s new stadium is now there for all to see following the installation of the fourth core, representing the four corners of the stadium.
The first pre-cast concrete wall has been lowered into place in the south east corner of Bramley-Moore Dock, offering a tantalising glimpse of the sheer size of the iconic waterfront build.
The above-ground construction is now well under way on all four edges, with the Laing O’Rourke team delighted at the progress being made.
“This is a huge milestone for us,” beamed Laing O’Rourke Project Engineer, David Jackson.
“There are four main cores in the stadium, and we started in the north stand and then in the south west corner and now, finally, the south east corner of the building, which is the final stage of getting up and out of the ground.”
The pre-cast elements of the concrete core are all manufactured off-site by Laing O’Rourke at its Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction (CEMC) in Nottinghamshire. Manufacturing in this way removes potential quality and safety issues by taking the process into a more controlled environment, minimising waste, which has sustainability benefits.
And the initial 9m, 12 tonne section installed in the south east corner marks the moment when fans and workers alike can truly visualise the bigger picture.
Jackson added: “The four cores essentially provide a lot of stability to the entire stadium and the wall that went in today is one of the larger walls we have on the project.
“It’s a huge project and now that the four cores are up and running, soon enough we will see some steel going up in the north, along with starting slabs on the east and west stands, so it’s quickly going to start taking shape.
“It’s hard to believe that this was still a working dock when we started on site last August. That’s now a distant memory and we have achieved so much in a short period of time.
“It’s really exciting to see the stadium coming to life and we are really pleased with the way it’s going.”