Everton have outlined its plans to breathe new life into the derelict hydraulic tower on the site of its proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in an application for Listed Building Consent submitted to Liverpool City Council.
The plans would see the 138-year-old Grade II listed tower become part of the stadium's Fan Plaza and house an exhibition or cultural centre celebrating Everton's rich heritage, as well as that of the city's docklands.
A café area is also proposed as part of the renovation.
The Listed Building Consent application seeks permission for works to make the building weather-tight and structurally sound, including proposed new openings to allow for a functional layout for the intended use of the building.
Everton's application, which proposes extensive repairs to this long-standing vacant building to prevent further degradation, states the restoration of the tower would be "both sympathetic to its past, but sustainable for its future," and adhere to the heritage principles governing development of the docklands area.
Potentially working in collaboration with fans, partners and key stakeholders, the Club would lead the project to deliver an attraction that will allow the story of Everton's illustrious history and that of the docklands to be told on the site of the Club's new 52,888-capacity home.
The Council's planning committee voted to approve the application for a new stadium on the site and to change the use of the Hydraulic Tower but Listed Building Consent is required for all works of alteration to a building of special architectural or historic interest.
The hydraulic tower, built in 1883, was originally used to power dock infrastructure, and was part of a high-level railway system which connected to and served the docks, but has long since fallen into disrepair.
The tower's engine house has previously been demolished and the chimney reduced in height, with all the original equipment having also been removed from the building.
The Club expects a decision from Liverpool City Council on its Listed Building Consent application in the coming months and it is separate to any enabling works activity that may take place on-site in relation to the stadium.
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1 Posted 23/04/2021 at 07:26:53
Compare that to the recent behaviour of certain other clubs. Proud to be a Blue.
2 Posted 23/04/2021 at 07:57:27
3 Posted 23/04/2021 at 08:30:11
Everton are clearly intent on breathing new life into a decaying part of the city.
4 Posted 23/04/2021 at 08:32:26
Expect complaints from English Heritage and UNESCO fairly swiftly
5 Posted 23/04/2021 at 09:06:21
I just wish we were as good on the pitch as we are off it because we're peerless when it comes to this stuff.
6 Posted 23/04/2021 at 09:18:48
Proud to be a blue and cant wait for the day when I can fly back into the city to see all of this in its glory. I hope I last that long!
7 Posted 23/04/2021 at 09:24:19
8 Posted 23/04/2021 at 09:42:44
9 Posted 23/04/2021 at 10:03:04
10 Posted 23/04/2021 at 10:06:07
The blend of contemporary and historic makes the waterfront a truly fabulous area. Well done the blues
11 Posted 23/04/2021 at 10:36:24
12 Posted 23/04/2021 at 11:27:37
Everton's Superb Landmark.
13 Posted 23/04/2021 at 12:48:28
As that wont happen, Id like it to be a museum dedicated in part to the maritime history of the Mersey and, if theres room, an Everton Hall of Fame (like Cooperstown) full of memorabilia. Im sure the Doc could lend us some of his magnificent collection.
It also has to have a souvenir and coffee shop. All the arl biddies like a cuppa and a bun before a game
14 Posted 23/04/2021 at 13:26:18
15 Posted 23/04/2021 at 18:27:13
A musopub or pubseum? We have them all over the place in Ireland.
16 Posted 23/04/2021 at 19:22:50
17 Posted 23/04/2021 at 23:31:25
Well done Everton for this class proposal, fit for the rest of the site.
18 Posted 23/04/2021 at 00:01:07
Good news on an excellent St Georges Day after beating Arsenal away at last.
19 Posted 23/04/2021 at 00:04:33
Will stand out from other grounds, especially if we make it into a type of museum, to show off our history.
If only we could find a way to have permission to take Rupert's Tower down, brick by brick, and rebuild it at Bramley-Moore Dock, next to our new stadium, that would be a showstopper, and blend in well, around the dock.
20 Posted 24/04/2021 at 09:55:36
21 Posted 24/04/2021 at 19:03:03
'Through these gates passed most of the 1,300,000 who fled the Great Famine, and 'took the ship' to Liverpool in the years 1845-52.'
'Remember the Great Famine'
22 Posted 24/04/2021 at 20:56:23
A very good weekend for Evertonians, all in all.
“Whats Our Name?”
23 Posted 26/04/2021 at 12:28:14
24 Posted 26/04/2021 at 14:32:45
25 Posted 28/04/2021 at 16:37:47
If the club can come up with a suitable method of associating itself with the huge global trade which centred on Liverpool, and establish links to the worlds great ports, it could expand its base in a real and relevant manner (ie unlike Chelsea or ManU).
This could involve New York, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Muscat, West Africa, historical Calcutta and Bombay, Shanghai, Rio, Cairo/Suez, Sydney and the rest in some football / shared history manner - maybe through the nationality of the sailors, the cargoes traded or even cultural links (China town, the Somali connection, even the first mosque in Britain). Theres even a Persian connection for Moshiri from when the Cayzer Clan line acquired the Persian Gulf steamship company.
26 Posted 29/04/2021 at 11:43:32
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