Respecting a world heritage site.
Our proposed stadium lies within a World Heritage Site and we will continue to work closely with Liverpool City Council and other stakeholders, including UNESCO and Historic England, to share our plans and discuss possible initiatives that will respect and, where possible, restore the heritage value of the site.
Liverpool’s World Heritage Site covers six areas of the city, including countless buildings and other structures, and is partly focused on the city’s waterfront as well as the historic commercial centre.
In addition, Liverpool was also awarded the title UNESCO City of Music in 2015 in recognition of its outstanding contribution to global music in the last 50 years.
We also believe the potential for our new stadium to stage major music events will contribute to the UNESCO City of Music status.
The main heritage concern of the proposed stadium relates to the infilling of the dock.
However, Liverpool has a long history of imaginatively reusing abandoned docks and giving them a new lease of life. Our proposal follows this tradition. The historic dock structure and walls will be protected by the way we plan to infill the dock, ensuring we minimise the impact on its historic features.
Should the stadium ever move away from Bramley-Moore Dock in the distant future, the dock could be restored because of the preservation work we will have done in the construction process.
We are also proposing to retain a water channel within Bramley-Moore Dock. This will preserve the connection between the docks from north to south Liverpool.
Our design team is carefully considering how the appearance of the proposed stadium can reflect the dockland setting and be sympathetic to its surroundings and the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage Site status. We will be consulting with organisations such as Historic England, as well as Liverpool City Council, to ensure our proposals are sympathetic to the site.
One of the key projects we will undertake is to carefully restore the Hydraulic Tower which was used for powering lifting equipment and raising dock gates and is now a listed building.
We are considering how we can use the tower to showcase the history of the site, including the strong bond which existed between the docks, dockers and Everton. This is one of a number of potential uses for the tower.
As part of the planning application, we will be demonstrating that there are no alternative sites which could accommodate the stadium proposals. Liverpool City Council, when reviewing the planning application, will need to consider the heritage impact balanced with the public benefits. This decision-making process is set out in national planning policy.
Engaging with Historic England
Historic England is the public body which ‘helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment’.
Initial discussions have already taken place between the Bramley-Moore Dock project team and Historic England and this engagement will continue as we prepare to submit our planning application.