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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 preparing to submit a planning application in the second half of 2019, which will be decided upon by Liverpool City Council. The intention is to begin construction within six months of receiving approval of the application. It is estimated that construction of the stadium will take approximately three years from 'spade in the ground' to the first ball being kicked.
At Goodison Park, the Club will submit an outline planning application at the same time as the Bramley-Moore Dock application. 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.
Both applications will be subject to consultation, the first stage formal public consultation began in November 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.
The second stage formal public consultation will take place in the summer of 2019 and will present the latest stadium designs for Bramley-Moore Dock and high-level plans for Goodison Park.
When will the results from the first stage public consultation be made public?
The consultation began on 15 November 2018 and ended on 3 December 2018. The consultation, conducted by visiting locations across the Liverpool City Region and online, asked residents on the principle of Bramley-Moore Dock becoming the site for Everton’s new stadium and the development of a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.
Results from the first stage public consultation will be released in February 2019.
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?
Liverpool City Council would stand to gain financially from the new stadium development.
The project will match the £1billion boost to the local economy provided by the Liverpool Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre development, but will support a significantly greater number of jobs – more than 15,000 in total.
The city will benefit from an additional 1.5 million visitors annually and £32million of new local income.
The stadium will also accelerate the redevelopment of the £5.5billion Liverpool Waters scheme, bringing new homes, businesses and leisure activities to an under-utilised part of the city.
A stadium development at Bramley-Moore Dock further enhances Liverpool’s international reputation for delivering major transformational projects on a large scale.
If Everton chose to take up a Public Works Loan Board loan, facilitated by Liverpool City Council, then the council could benefit by using interest paid on the loan to support frontline services such as social care, education and street services.
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 Sixth Form 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, and an £8million investment in the area.
The plans for Goodison Park will build on these facilities to provide an even greater level of activity.
The Club will hold detailed public consultations and engagement with the local community as it progresses its plans for Goodison Park.
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 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 meeting rooms, leisure facilities and homes. These will be refined in the coming years, overseen by a Trust Board and incorporating consultation with local residents.
Everton in the Community will lead on the planning and 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.
When will the Goodison Park proposals be made public?
The Club and Everton in the Community will put more detail into the public domain in the summer of 2019 as part of the second stage formal public consultation.
An outline planning application for Goodison Park will be submitted in parallel with the Bramley-Moore Dock planning application in the second half of 2019. The redevelopment of Goodison Park can only commence once a stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is completed and Everton Football Club has played its last game at Goodison.
What will happen to Everton’s other facilities around Goodison Park should the Club move to a new stadium?
The Everton Free School and Sixth Form College, The People’s Hub and the recently opened Blue Base will all remain at their current sites.
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 capacity and 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 regulations in relation to ‘safe standing’. The design of two of the stands will make it easy 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 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, restaurants and entertainment.
Does Everton Football Club own Bramley-Moore Dock?
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.
The site is effectively under the control of Everton Football Club.
How will the development protect the historic assets of the site?
Bramley-Moore Dock is located within a World Heritage Site. 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 scheme protects some of the historic assets of the site.
The Club is committed to delivering an iconic stadium which takes its reference from and responds to the World Heritage Site designation. 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 to Nelson Dock. The dock walls will also be preserved as part of the proposed scheme, along with other above-ground assets.
It is also planned to restore the listed hydraulic tower on the site and make it open to the public.
Is it possible to build something as large as a stadium on an in-filled dock?
Yes. Liverpool’s Three Graces and Liverpool ONE are built on in-filled docks.
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.
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.
The designers are looking at opportunities to harvest rain water, utilise the rooftops for solar energy generation and building in the flexibility to allow for energy efficient heat and lighting.
They will also look to use the latest energy saving technology within the building and surroundings.
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 connectivity.
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