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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1 Posted 29/05/2020 at 11:36:48
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.
2 Posted 29/05/2020 at 11:48:43
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!
3 Posted 29/05/2020 at 12:51:19
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.
4 Posted 29/05/2020 at 13:04:52
5 Posted 29/05/2020 at 13:19:19
6 Posted 29/05/2020 at 16:14:18
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.
7 Posted 29/05/2020 at 17:08:24
We've heard it from the horse's mouth: “Fake News!”
8 Posted 29/05/2020 at 17:13:03
9 Posted 29/05/2020 at 17:18:24
10 Posted 29/05/2020 at 18:00:39
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.
11 Posted 29/05/2020 at 20:13:33
12 Posted 29/05/2020 at 21:56:03
13 Posted 30/05/2020 at 02:13:19
They are conducting a feasibility study without a contract?
They are turning down paid work?
What have USM got to do with this?
14 Posted 30/05/2020 at 06:43:28
15 Posted 30/05/2020 at 07:28:13
You guys do a fantastic job maintaining this site, and I know things are slow, but publishing this is just embarrassing.
16 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:10:46
17 Posted 30/05/2020 at 08:54:29
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...
18 Posted 30/05/2020 at 10:38:12
19 Posted 30/05/2020 at 21:02:31
20 Posted 31/05/2020 at 14:05:42
21 Posted 31/05/2020 at 18:24:53
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