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  • General

  • Who is behind The People’s Project?

    The People’s Project is being led by Everton Football Club, working in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Everton in the Community and Liverpool Waters (Peel Land and Property).

  • What are the timescales of the project?

    Everton Football Club is on track to submit a planning application for Bramley-Moore Dock in the second half of 2019, which will be determined by Liverpool City Council. It is estimated that construction of the stadium will take approximately three years from 'spade in the ground' to the first ball being kicked.

    For Goodison Park, the Club will submit an outline planning application at the same time as the Bramley-Moore Dock application. This means that the application will establish the principle and the amount of development. By securing an outline permission for the Goodison Park Legacy project, this will enable the plans to be refined whilst the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is constructed.

    Everton has already consulted on both projects. The first stage public consultation took place in November and December 2018 on the principle of Bramley-Moore Dock becoming the site for Everton’s new stadium and the development of a legacy at Goodison Park. More than 20,000 people took part and the proposal received overwhelming support from members of the public.

    The second stage public consultation will take place between 26 July to 25 August and will present the latest stadium designs for Bramley-Moore Dock and high-level plans for a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.

    Further details on dates and venues will be released shortly.

  • Outside of new football facilities, what public benefits will the project bring to the city?

    The People’s Project is about much more than just a football stadium. The development at Bramley-Moore Dock - alongside the legacy project at Goodison Park - will act as a catalyst to regenerate the whole of north Liverpool. The transformation will be on a remarkable scale providing an estimated £1billion economic boost to the Liverpool City Region through construction, the project supply chain and the creation of new jobs.

    According to an Economic Impact Report conducted by economists at CBRE, 12,000 construction jobs will be created during the build phase, for those directly engaged in the building project plus those in the wider supply chains. With the focus on construction jobs being locally sourced, this represents an additional £255million being created in wage income through direct employment and some £268million in gross value added economic and social contribution to the local economy each year.
    When both Bramley-Moore Dock and the Goodison Legacy project are completed, it is estimated that a further 2,200 jobs will be created through the operational phase of the project, which itself will add over £120million to the local economy through increased business rates and council tax. The scheme has the potential to stimulate housing for 1,650 people.

    The development of Bramley-Moore Dock will also help drive forward a further £650m regeneration of the area around the northern part of Liverpool Waters and the ‘Ten Streets’ development.

    At Goodison Park, a community-led legacy project will see Everton and its official charity Everton in the Community build on the £8million investment already made into buildings in Liverpool 4. The footprint of the stadium will be used to deliver a significant development which will support the local community and its residents for generations to come.

  • Funding - Bramley-Moore Dock

  • How will the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock be funded?

    The Club has a number of funding options available which include private sector institutions.

    A loan from the Government’s Public Works Loan Board, via Liverpool City Council, is also one of the options being explored.

    The funding solution will be chosen prior to the submission of a planning application.

  • Would Liverpool City Council still benefit if Everton chose to finance the stadium privately?

    The project will match the £1billion boost to the local economy provided by the M&S Bank Arena and Exhibition Centre development, but will support a significantly greater number of jobs – more than 15,000 in total.

  • Goodison Park – The Future

  • Will the Club retain an interest and presence in Liverpool 4?

    Yes. Everton and Everton in the Community are deeply rooted in Liverpool 4. Everton’s commitment is already clear by its investments including; The Everton Free School and Football College, The People’s Hub, the transformation of the former St Francis De Sales Parish Club into The Blue Base as well as plans for a new drop-in mental health facility, to be called The People’s Place.

    The plans for Goodison Park will build on these facilities to provide an even greater level of Everton in the Community activity across the region.

  • Are L4 residents being engaged during this process?

    L4 residents will be involved in all stages of the process.

    As well as being engaged in the first stage public consultation in 2018, in March 2019 a series of focus groups with local residents, businesses and community groups were held. The focus groups allowed the Club to understand the views of local people about their area, some of the issues they see and face and how a Goodison Legacy project could positively impact L4.

    For residents unable to attend the focus groups, a series of drop-in sessions took place at the Blue Base in April 2019. The sessions allowed local residents to see and understand the feedback given during the focus groups, understand the potential future uses for Goodison Park and provide comments and ideas on the proposals.

  • What are the proposals for the future of Goodison Park?

    The Club’s vision for Goodison Park is to build on the recent investments by creating new community facilities on the site, once the Club moves to a stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

    This community-focused development will create activity 365 days a year to support local businesses & retailers and add value to the local community.

    The exact nature of the development is still being established but could include health facilities, education amenities, community space and homes. Further details about the design of buildings coming forwards at Goodison Park will be refined in the coming years, overseen by a Trust Board and incorporating consultation with local residents. The development will be secured through further planning applications, known as ‘Reserved Matters’ submissions.

    Everton in the Community will lead on the community engagement process.

    This new Goodison Park and the existing community buildings surrounding it will ensure the heartbeat of the Club remains in an area of the city Everton has called home for more than 125 years.

    At Goodison Park, a community-led legacy project will see Everton and its official charity Everton in the Community build on the £8million investment already made into buildings in Liverpool 4. The footprint of the stadium will be used to deliver a significant development which will support the local community and its residents for generations to come.

  • What will happen to Everton’s other facilities around Goodison Park should the Club move to a new stadium?

    The Everton Free School and Football College, The People’s Hub and the recently opened Blue Base will all remain at their current sites and Everton in the Community will continue to deliver and build on their life-changing and life-saving work from their L4 home.

  • Bramley-Moore Dock Development

  • What will the capacity of the new stadium be?

    The Club is proposing a capacity of 52,000 for its new stadium, with the potential for this to rise to 62,000 in the future.

    The proposed design of the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will be subject to further public consultation and engagement throughout the design process, both with supporters as well as with other important stakeholders, including Liverpool City Council.

  • How has the capacity been chosen?

    The proposed figure follows extensive engagement with fans and consultation with a range of professional advisors who have expertise in stadium design and defining the optimum capacity for new stadia.
    This takes into account several factors which include design and orientation of the stadium on a dock site, current and future ticket demand and forecast revenues and costs.

  • Will the stadium be 'futureproofed' for safe standing?

    The stadium will be ‘futureproofed’ for any changes in regulation in relation to ‘safe standing’. The design of two of the stands will make it easier to adopt a rail seating/safe standing solution, which will offer optionality and flexibility, should the law change in future.

  • What facilities will the stadium have for pre-and post-match activities?

    The aim is to have a large external area used as a matchday Fan Zone. This will be a vibrant part of the matchday experience and allow the atmosphere to spill outside of the stadium itself. It will include space for bars, cafes, retail and entertainment.

  • Does Everton Football Club own Bramley-Moore Dock?

    The site is effectively under the control of Everton Football Club.

    The Club has completed a lease agreement with the landowner – Peel Land and Property – to assume a 200-year lease. The deal is subject to the Club receiving planning permission.

  • How will the development protect the historic assets of the site?

    Bramley-Moore Dock is located within a World Heritage Site and Conservation Area and contains listed buildings. The Club and its design team will be actively working with Liverpool City Council, Historic England, UNESCO and other relevant parties to ensure that the proposed stadium design understands and minimises harm to the heritage assets and their significance.

    The Club is committed to delivering an iconic stadium which takes its reference from and responds to the World Heritage Site designation and other heritage assets at the site. Additionally, in order to maintain Bramley-Moore Dock as part of a dock network, a water link across the dock will be retained between Sandon Half-Tide Dock and Nelson Dock. The dock walls will also be preserved as part of the proposed scheme, along with other above-ground heritage assets, where possible.

    It is also planned to restore the Grade II listed hydraulic tower on the site and make it open to the public, possibly through reuse as a café or museum.

  • Is it possible to build something as large as a stadium on an in-filled dock?

    Yes, Liverpool has a long and proud tradition of reinventing redundant dockland.

    The Three Graces which consist of the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building, stand on what was once the 18th-century George’s Dock, filled in at the turn of the 20th-century to create what would become one of the world’s great waterfront vistas.

    Parts of Liverpool’s original Old Dock, filled in to become a site for the grand 19th-century Customs House, have been preserved beneath the Liverpool ONE development and can be visited on heritage tours.

    The stadium development will respect the on-site and adjacent heritage, retaining the listed dock wall, revealing unseen historic features and maintaining a water channel through the site. Furthermore, the development will restore the Grade II listed Hydraulic Engine House, which could be used to create a café or on-site heritage centre.

  • Will the stadium only be used for football?

    No, while this is first and foremost a football stadium, it is also proposed to be a multi-purpose event facility which will cater for everything from outdoor events to large conferences and small community meetings within the stadium’s facilities.

    The area set aside for the matchday Fan Zone could also lend itself to different year-round uses.

  • Transport and Travel

  • How will fans travel to Bramley-Moore Dock?

    In December 2018 match-going Evertonians received an online transport survey to understand how supporters currently travel to Goodison Park and how they would plan to travel to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. The findings of this survey will help the Club to deliver a ‘Transport and Access Plan’ to inform final designs and the planning application for a new stadium.

    It is expected that more people would use public transport to attend games at Bramley-Moore Dock than is currently the case for Goodison Park. This is due to the proposed stadium being closer in proximity to the city centre (increasing the potential for fans walking) and being much better served by public transport. Sandhills station is located in close proximity to the stadium and discussions will be progressed with Liverpool City Council, Merseytravel and other transport groups throughout the stadium development process to maximise the number of fans visiting by public transport. A detailed parking strategy will also be developed to minimise impact on residents in the vicinity of the stadium.

  • Transport and Travel

  • How will the stadium fulfil the principle of harnessing the environment?

    In December 2018 match-going Evertonians received an online transport survey to understand how supporters currently travel to Goodison Park and how they would plan to travel to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. The findings of this survey will help the Club to deliver a ‘Match Day Travel Strategy’ to inform final designs and the planning application for a new stadium.

    Results from the survey show more people intend to use public transport to attend games at Bramley-Moore Dock than is currently the case for Goodison Park. This is due to the proposed stadium being closer in proximity to the city centre (increasing the potential for fans walking) and being better served by public transport. Sandhills station is located in close proximity to the proposed stadium. Discussions are ongoing with Liverpool City Council, Merseytravel and other transport groups, and will continue throughout the stadium development process to maximise the number of fans visiting by public transport. A detailed parking strategy and a strategy for temporary road closures during matches will also be developed to minimise impact on businesses in the vicinity of the stadium.

  • Sustainability and Technology

  • How will the stadium fulfil the principle of harnessing the environment?

    There are a range of measures being considered to ensure the stadium is as environmentally-friendly as possible.

  • What technology will be used as part of enhancing the experience of attending events at Bramley-Moore Dock?

    Work is being done to make the supporter experience at Bramley-Moore Dock one of the best from a technological perspective, including better connectivity.

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