Everton have appointed Laing O'Rourke as ‘preferred contractor' for the proposed stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
According to a club press release, a pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) for a design and build contract is due to be signed after a competitive procurement process. Both parties will now work in partnership to develop a detailed and robust design and delivery programme.
Laing O'Rourke boast Heathrow's Terminal 5 and developments for the 2012 Olympics in London, including the athletics stadium that has since been repurposed as West Ham United's home ground, among their projects and the partnership with the Blues "will fully utilise digital engineering expertise and industry-leading knowledge of modern methods of construction to bring Everton's stadium vision to life.”
Everton revealed the final stadium designs in December and submitted a detailed planning application to Liverpool City Council whose final determination is expected by the summer of this year.
Work on the new ground is expected to start later in 2020, subject to planning consent, and is expected to take three years. A final construction timeline will be shared during the PCSA period.
Everton Chief Executive Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “Appointing Laing O'Rourke is another important step towards delivering a new world-class waterfront stadium for Everton.
“We are partnering with an organisation who bring a wealth of experience and a track-record of quality, sustainability and global delivery, including major investment projects right here in Liverpool.
“There is still a lot of work to do on this project. Working alongside colleagues at Laing O'Rourke we will develop our construction programme, while at the same time continuing to engage with our supporters on a number of matters as we await our planning application to be determined by Liverpool City Council.”
Laing O'Rourke Director, Paul McNerney said: “We are delighted that Everton has chosen our team to work alongside the Club and local community to deliver The People's Project. We recognise the transformative impact the project will bring to the Club, to the city and to the many people who will be part of this exciting journey.
“Laing O'Rourke has a long track record of delivering sport stadia, utilising our unique engineering and manufacturing capabilities, all of which will now underpin this scheme.
“Our local team, supply chain and consultant partners have worked with us across many major schemes in Liverpool including Liverpool ONE, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. The People's Project will allow us to advance our commitment to training, skills and careers in the area — and to support Everton in the Community in their wonderful life-changing and life-saving work.”
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1 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:05:23
2 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:27:12
3 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:28:57
4 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:46:21
5 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:53:00
6 Posted 19/02/2020 at 19:56:23
11 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:23:15
12 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:23:16
I understand the reluctance to believe it's going to finally happen 20 years after Kings Dock, but this must be the most elaborate and expensive charade ever if it's just not going to happen!
13 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:35:43
I'm touching wood, but this period is the best I've felt as an Evertonian, in decades.
Long may it last and now to take out Arsenal and win, it's a six-pointer, hopefully, the team will learn from last seasons match, when we should have been out of sight, 3 or 4 nil, up by half time.
In Carlo we trust.
14 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:47:04
15 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:49:24
16 Posted 19/02/2020 at 21:54:31
17 Posted 19/02/2020 at 22:08:00
When you see all the planning they have at Goodison Park, with apartments etc, not even the most sceptical can honestly believe it will not happen.
18 Posted 19/02/2020 at 22:13:14
19 Posted 19/02/2020 at 22:50:14
20 Posted 19/02/2020 at 00:00:40
The PCSA is not a contract to build the stadium, it's an agreement that Laing O'Rourke will get paid for whatever work they do up until a point when a formal contract is executed, or not. It means there's nothing concrete yet. This may be conditional on planning permission, or maybe securing funding?
The statements make it sound that the planning permission process is under way, but we know from another article that it's not since the application has not been registered.
So, another positive step forward, but no breaking ground ceremonies yet. We're not as far down the road as our neighbours were with their Stanley Park stadium, and look what happened to that.
21 Posted 19/02/2020 at 00:23:17
Owner Ray O'Rourke is certainly Irish, but the company is British and operates multinationally. Founded as R O'Rourke and Son in London in the '70s, it grew from small beginnings to acquire the construction arm of John Laing plc for a symbolic £1 in 2001 and is now the largest British privately owned construction company.
Colin @20, sadly Wimpey only build houses now as Taylor Wimpey, whilst Fairclogh became known as Amec in the '80s and no longer operates.
22 Posted 20/02/2020 at 00:32:44
Should read Fairclough, no excuse for this as I worked for them for 28 years!
23 Posted 20/02/2020 at 03:06:50
Didn't Fawlty's builder erect an unwanted wall across the doorway? A similar move could be brilliant as a way of safeguarding Pickford's goal. It would also put the old adage about “running through brick walls” for Klopp, Mourinho, whoever.
24 Posted 20/02/2020 at 03:09:18
What happened to Liverpool and the Stanley Park project...
25 Posted 20/02/2020 at 05:31:38
Very funny link.
Thankfully our very own Basil Fawlty is no longer front of the house and this thing is going to happen.
26 Posted 20/02/2020 at 07:17:25
27 Posted 20/02/2020 at 07:22:47
The question is will Meis work under the contractor to develop the design, or will EFC retain Meis to ensure the design intent is upheld by the contractor's designers? I hope it is the latter.
28 Posted 20/02/2020 at 07:41:05
Now it looks like this is happening.
29 Posted 20/02/2020 at 07:59:03
Another point is finance. Will all be revealed after planning is granted? The way all the other pieces on the chess board are slotting into place makes me think that we have the finance structure sorted too.
It will be amazing to see the JCBs rolling in later this year. At the moment it is still fantasy, an idea, a plan, but the physical reality is about to manifest itself. There's no recent trophies in the cabinet, no Champions League football, but, in spite of that, this is an extraordinary time to be an Evertonian.
30 Posted 20/02/2020 at 08:07:32
31 Posted 20/02/2020 at 09:30:18
The aim was obtain a Premier League Club at value, with the prospect of major development. It also looks like Kenwright was a necessary figurehead to keep the governing bodies on side, though Moshiri and his backer got a lesson as regards making funds available. Funds will now only become available when a outcome is assured.
In my opinion there will be changes in the design plans , particularly in capacity , as the financial end hardens up, when Funds are made available in the context of realistic projects.
32 Posted 20/02/2020 at 09:31:48
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34 Posted 20/02/2020 at 10:16:12
35 Posted 20/02/2020 at 11:48:06
36 Posted 20/02/2020 at 12:38:46
The Yank Plastic Paddy says:
Oh hell yes!
37 Posted 20/02/2020 at 23:33:03
There should be a full Project Management Team on the Club's side to ensure that the design intent and Client Requirements are adhered to. Ideally the PMT would be from Dan Meis's firm if they do that sort of thing.
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