Renovation works on the Historic Hydraulic Tower and Engine room is complementing the progress being made at Everton Stadium.
The Grade II tower, built in 1883 and an integral part of daily life during the dock’s heyday, has been clad in scaffolding since early into the build process, to protect it from vibrations caused by the compacting of the sand used to infill the former dock and provide the foundations for the stadium.
In the interim, work has been ongoing to restore it to its former glory, brick by brick, with internal works also moving at pace to transform the building for future use.
A new zinc roof was recently installed on the engine house chimney, with a timber roof also a new addition to the tower itself.
The former station master’s office has also been painstakingly rebuilt using existing, or carefully sourced bricks that help to replicate the original look.
Soon, the scaffolding will be stripped back to reveal the renovated structure, which will form an integral part of the fan plaza that eventually provide a jaw-dropping entrance to the stadium site for fans.
Meanwhile, steelwork now runs the length of the west stand at the stadium, with the concrete terracing units inching along the length of the stand as the bowl continues to take shape.
That steelwork will also support the roof structure along the west stand, to connect to the north and south stands. ‘A frame’ sections, which continue to be prepared on the ground on the western terrace, will eventually be fixed to the west stand roof slab to connect to the barrel section of roof steel, which creates the curved profile.
Work is also set to commence on installing the three individual roof sections in the south stand, which will complete the third full-span truss.
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