Leaders Given Tour Of Everton Stadium Site

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has been given a tour of Everton’s new stadium site at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Accompanied by Cllr Graham Morgan, the leader of Knowsley Council, Mayor Rotheram was welcomed by Everton Chief Executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, and Stadium Development Director Colin Chong, as the two city region leaders learned more about the huge progress that has been made to transform the derelict dock in north Liverpool into the Club’s new waterfront home.

The tour included an explanation of the enormity of the enabling works, including the engineering feat of infilling the dock and the intricate preservation of the site’s heritage assets. The delegation also saw first-hand how the four concrete corners of what is to become the Club’s 52,888-seater stadium have risen and the foundations being laid to connect each of the corners ahead of the first sections of steelwork arriving this summer.  

Everton Chief Executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, said: “We were pleased to welcome Mayor Rotheram and Cllr Morgan to Bramley-Moore Dock and show them the progress being made on-site.

“The importance of this development to not only our football club but our city region cannot be underplayed or underestimated.

"What Everton Football Club is delivering at Bramley-Moore Dock is truly transformational and our City Region leaders have a real ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to harness the incredible package of socio-economic benefits on offer including the financial boost to our local economy, the creation of tens of thousands of jobs, the millions of new visitors our stadium will attract and the accelerated regeneration of two sites in North Liverpool [Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park].”   

Throughout the planning and construction process of Everton’s new home, the respective heads of the regional boroughs that make up the Liverpool City Region have all been fully supportive of the project.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: "The Bramley-Moore development stands as one of the most significant regeneration projects our region has seen in more than a decade and will be a major catalyst for regeneration and revival in an area that has been crying out for investment for decades.

“It's not just about a football stadium, but is an important project that will generate a myriad of social and economic benefits for communities across our region. From creating thousands of local jobs, training and apprenticeship opportunities, to attracting hundreds of thousands of new visitors to our region and launching programmes that will help to tackle health and social inequalities.

"It was fantastic to visit the site and see how things are progressing - especially the important work to preserve the heritage of the site, partly funded through our £15m grant."

Everton’s development at Bramley-Moore Dock is recognised as the largest single-site private sector development in the country, contributing an estimated £1.3bn to the local economy, creating more than tens of thousands of jobs and attracting 1.4m visitors to the Liverpool City Region.

Once the three-year build is complete, the scheme could have acted as a catalyst for more than £650m worth of accelerated regeneration directly benefiting North Liverpool.

The Club has been on-site with preparatory and enabling works since July 2021, following a unanimous approval by Liverpool City Council to grant planning permission.