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Meis debunks Laing O'Rourke rumour as 'Fake News'

Friday, 29 May 2020 21comments  |  Jump to last
A rumour doing the rounds on social media appears to cast doubt on the position of Laing O'Rourke, the main contractor awarded the project for construction of Everton's new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock:
Me mate is an architect at MEIS Architects, the company that took the contract on to design Everton's new stadium. Apparently they have had a video conference with Moshiri, Joe Anderson, Kenwright and the CEO of Laing O'Rourke and Laing O'Rourke have told them they have got to pull out due to their share price plummeting and have to honour the Government contracts they have at the moment. For them to continue feasibility studies on a project which would now be 10 years away due to the economic downturn would be financial suicide. They have advised USM to search for another contractor, as contracts have not been exchanged. Laing O'Rourke are currently owed £32M from Moshiri/USM.

An Everton fan passed on the rumour to architect Dan Meis, and his response was short but to the point:

This may be the only time I ever quote Donald Trump but that is Fake news...

Everton's planning application for the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is under review with a decision expected later in the summer.

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 29/05/2020 at 11:36:48
There definitely appear to be some glaring flaws in this story:

1) Laing O'Rourke is a privately held company, so has no public share price to drop.

2) £32M for all the Bramley-Moore Dock prep work done to date seems a little steep, especially as 80-90% of the work that went into the planning application will have been done by a plethora of smaller specialist companies likely engaged on individual contracts well before Laing O'Rourke were announced.

3) Construction work may be one of the sectors least affected by the pandemic as most have just carried on, as far as I can tell.

It never ceases to amaze how these stories get spread around the city. Social media is a greedy monster that needs a constant supply of tasty tidbits, I guess.

Alan Rodgers
2 Posted 29/05/2020 at 11:48:43
Completely agree, Michael.

By the by, according to the LCC website the period for Statutory Consultations expires on 3rd June. Then I assume the plans can go to Planning Committee. There has been no mention of the plans being called in by the Government but it would be just our luck for a last-minute memo to come in!

Stephen Williams
3 Posted 29/05/2020 at 12:51:19
Far from Covid-19 bringing a halt to proceedings or a risk of the project being called in, it is far more likely that Covid-19 will spur on the project.
Both local and national Government will be desperate for major projects to get started and asap as every avenue to quick-start the economy will be encouraged.
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 29/05/2020 at 13:04:52
This text started when Liverpool decided to furlough all the staff, because that's what Liverpudlians do best.
Mike Keating
5 Posted 29/05/2020 at 13:19:19
As Michael #1 says, the company is not listed on the stock exchange so the story is a load of bollocks but I'm sure Laing O'Rourke's lawyers would be interested in the identity of the ‘mate' who kicked off this rumour.
Jack Convery
6 Posted 29/05/2020 at 16:14:18
It would be just our luck that a depression, which is highly likely, scuppers this project. Investors will be hard to find for the regeneration package that goes with the building of the stadium.

Why would EFC continue with its plans if the area's regeneration could not be guaranteed? It would be akin to planting a rose in a wasteland.

Fingers crossed I'm wrong. Were's Paul the Esk? He'd have a few ideas on this and hopefully reassure us the project is safe.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 29/05/2020 at 17:08:24
Some Fourloughpool rs idiot enjoying his time off typing nonsense. Probably to deflect criticism away from how appallingly the club treated their own staff, until they were shamed into a u-turn.

We've heard it from the horse's mouth: “Fake News!”

Patrick McFarlane
8 Posted 29/05/2020 at 17:13:03
Tony #7 Probably the same fifty plus reds supporter who appeared outside Finch Farm, effing and jeffing whilst holding a replica Premier League trophy.
Brent Stephens
9 Posted 29/05/2020 at 17:18:24
Michael #1 nice piece of deconstruction.
Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 29/05/2020 at 18:00:39
The only good thing about that, John Patrick, is that they do what Liverpudlians always do. They took the superior ground, called us “mongrels” but were actually only formed because we left that shit-hole in Anfield.

Even worse, it was done on the eve of the 35th anniversary of Heysel, not that you would know that reading the Liverpool FC Echo, who tried to help that phoney bastard of a football club, sweep, sweep, sweep, the humiliation under the carpet. Unfortunately for those ostriches, this city also contains a lot of Evertonians.

Tom Dodds
11 Posted 29/05/2020 at 20:13:33
'My Mate' = Red Shithouse.
Les Moorcroft
12 Posted 29/05/2020 at 21:56:03
Tony that's them classless. No minutes silence today. Only silence was the media on the subject.

Eric Myles
13 Posted 30/05/2020 at 02:13:19
Other flaws Michael #1,

They are conducting a feasibility study without a contract?

They are turning down paid work?

What have USM got to do with this?

Alan J Thompson
14 Posted 30/05/2020 at 06:43:28
It is now being rumoured that this was started by an unemployed bloke in a rented one bedroom flat in Manchester.
Colin Glassar
15 Posted 30/05/2020 at 07:28:13
I stopped reading this at “me mate”. I don’t even know why this is on here. It sounds like some bored, teenage kid texting “his mate”.

You guys do a fantastic job maintaining this site, and I know things are slow, but publishing this is just embarrassing.

Bob Parrington
16 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:10:46
I agree with Tom @12 Me mate! will be a Red Shite shithead. Well said, Tom.
Michael Kenrick
17 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:54:29
Sorry it offends you, Colin @14. I was half-hoping this story might tease Tony Marsh out of hiding for a spontaneous ejaculation of confirmation bias, grasping at a straw that suggests his doom-laden prediction on Bramley-Moore Dock could in fact come true.

But it is posted under the Rumour Mill, and seems to fit the parameters. And it makes a change from the equally ridiculous train of transfer rumours being posted — at least 95% of which are complete garbage. But we still go on posting them. Look away now...

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 30/05/2020 at 10:38:12
Old Nick spawning as usual, what they do best.
Colin Glassar
19 Posted 30/05/2020 at 21:02:31
Fair do’s Michael. Point taken
Paul Tran
20 Posted 31/05/2020 at 14:05:42
Bollocks, on so many levels.
Ian Pilkington
21 Posted 31/05/2020 at 18:24:53
It is totally unbelievable that this “report” was ever taken seriously; a contractor of the standing of Laing O'Rourke in its position of preferred contractor would never pull out of a scheme as prestigious as Bramley-Moore Dock.

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