Iain Jenkinson, Senior Director of Planning and Development at real estate investment giant CBRE has been talking up the economic impact of Everton's proposed new stadium plans.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Liverpool to embrace one of the most significant and unique regenerative investments the city has ever seen.
“The economic contribution to the city of Liverpool through Everton's new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, the catalytic effect it will have on surrounding neighbourhoods, and the equally important Goodison legacy project make this a package of projects a game-changer for the city.
“In addition, it will further enhance the city's international reputation for delivering major transformational projects on such a large scale.”
Everton CEO Robert Elstone added: “As well as proving an iconic new home for future generations of Evertonians, our investment in Bramley-Moore Dock will bring lasting and substantial benefit to the city of Liverpool.
“Being part of a project that will offer so many transformational opportunities is hugely exciting for a club with a second-to-none commitment to its city and we remain grateful to the commitment of all the parties working so hard to make this a reality."
The Bramley-Moore Dock project will match the £1bn boost to the local economy provided by the Liverpool Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre development on the King's Dock site, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, but will support a significantly greater number of jobs — more than 15,000 in total.
The huge financial lift to the city's economy during the construction phase will see the creation of more than 12,000 jobs for local people, with more than £255m estimated to be spent locally through supply chains and other service costs during the same period.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, hailed the proposed development as a ‘game changer' for the city.
“Our partnership with Everton is strong and a lot of hard work by both parties is going on behind the scenes to make this a reality.”
Everton is continuing to engage with key stakeholders over the new stadium project. A document will be released shortly by the club in which Everton's key principles for the development of a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will be explained and shared. The club is keen to hear feedback from its fans.
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