The first full-span roof truss has been completed at Everton Stadium.
Another milestone moment in the development saw the third 100-tonne connecting piece lifted into position in the north stand on Tuesday morning, 35 days after the first roof installation took place and just six months after the first steel super-column was bolted into the north stand foundations.
Each truss, which initially rest on temporary support trestles built into the stand, consists of three sections assembled at ground level and lifted into placed individually.
The completed roof trusses will have clear spans of between 150 and 175 metres, with the depth of the trusses varying between four metres deep at the supports, to around 11.5m at mid-span.
Temporary steel bracing is helping to secure the trusses, until the whole truss assembly and roof barrel are complete and able to support their own weight.
In total, Everton Stadium will have five roof trusses installed; two in the smaller north stand and three atop the one-tier south stand that will eventually house 13,000 Evertonians.
Construction partner Laing O’Rourke have been planning the roofing operation for two years and hope to have all five of the full-span roof trusses installed by Easter 2023.
Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, due for completion in the 2024/25 season, is recognised as the largest single-site private sector development in the country, contributing an estimated £1.3bn to the UK economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting 1.4m visitors to the city of Liverpool, annually.
Once complete, the scheme will have acted as a catalyst for more than £650m worth of accelerated regeneration directly benefiting the nearby Ten Streets development.