Officials from Everton held a commencement ceremony at Bramley-Moore Dock this week to mark a historic point in the construction of the club's new stadium – the official breaking of ground at the site.
What was described by Bill Kenwright and Denise Barrett-Baxendale as a “momentous occasion” was attended by the club Chairman and Chief Executive as well as Players' Life President Graeme Sharp and some of the project's key planning, construction and engineering partners.
An Everton-branded excavator made the first incision into the dock's eastern quayside as work to develop the 52,888-capacity waterfront stadium got underway.
Everton officially took possession of the north docks site on Monday 26 July with construction partners Laing O'Rourke immediately getting to work on preparing the construction site before the estimated three-year build could commence.
“This is a momentous day,” Kenwright said, “one that we have all been waiting for. To know that Evertonians and the people of this great city are together with us on this journey is a special feeling. Now that the work has commenced we can all watch our magnificent home as it comes to life.
“I am stating the obvious, but must reiterate that this day could not have happened without (majority shareholder) Farhad's continued support on every level and the drive and determination of our CEO Denise, and her team.
“In a few years' time we will, of course, be bidding the fondest farewell imaginable to our cherished home at Goodison Park. That sad day will be made easier because we know we are going to an astonishing new stadium that will bring our fans and their children — and their children's children — the kind of joy throughout the next century that we have all shared in Liverpool 4.”
A ceremony to mark the first breaking of ground is traditional in development and forms part of the required enabling works to the eastern quayside, which will eventually become home to the Fan Plaza, an area that could welcome more than 9,000 fans on matchdays.
Work is currently continuing to repair and preserve the Grade II listed dock wall, to stabilise the listed hydraulic tower, the raking of the dock floor and preparation for the demolition of existing non-listed structures. Pipework is also being laid ahead of the infilling of the dock in the autumn.
“Breaking ground is a significant milestone for this project, for our football club and our city region,” Professor Barrett-Baxendale added. “It is a tangible symbol of Everton's future and a clear signal of our Club's ambitions.
“Today's ceremony represents the culmination of an extensive and robust planning process. It delivers an exciting new future for our football club, invests in our local and national economy and supports our community as our region builds back better following the impacts of the global pandemic, while also ensuring the city's oldest professional football club remains in our spiritual home of North Liverpool.”
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1 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:04:21
2 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:09:00
That's assuming he can ever get home of course. The virus has kept him away from home since he left for work in December 2019! He was at sea when the pandemic struck and we haven't seen him since then.
3 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:19:59
I too hope to be at the ground with my son, I will be 67. Cant wait. Now lets get it right on the pitch as well.
4 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:36:15
5 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:39:51
It will be interesting following its development, albeit from afar. I just hope Im still around to fly over and attend once we have moved in. Great stuff, well done to all who have made this happen.
6 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:40:39
7 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:41:31
8 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:46:40
9 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:49:11
10 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:50:52
11 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:55:22
12 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:57:01
13 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:57:43
14 Posted 10/08/2021 at 11:59:08
15 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:15:57
16 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:17:22
Haha, no apology necessary mate. We've got as far as fourteen and still no sign of what I thought would be a foregone conclusion. ;-)
17 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:17:22
If not, there will still be sceptics……
19 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:36:21
20 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:37:42
21 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:44:10
Given that I will be 79 on the proposed opening date, I can't afford any more hold-ups!<->The doctors give me a generous 50-50 chance of being around, but hey, what do they know?
22 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:44:12
23 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:50:50
24 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:51:15
On the 25th, I'm going to walk back from the Bramley Moore to the Atlantic Tower. Just don't let me get curious or emotional and venture into the dock!!
25 Posted 10/08/2021 at 12:56:19
On another note, it's very important that we as fans play our part in ensuring that each game at Goodison is cherished, becuase there aren't that many games left at the 'Old Lady' should the new stadium be opened on the current schedule.
26 Posted 10/08/2021 at 13:02:47
27 Posted 10/08/2021 at 13:13:56
While still performing in the top echelons of the Premier League, of course...
28 Posted 10/08/2021 at 13:16:39
Spot on. My first game, 8 September 1956 vs Aston Villa. Result: 0-4. Jackie Sewell scoring twice.
Sewell was once the most expensive footballer in England, costing Sheffield Wednesday £34,500 when they bought him from Notts County.
Oddly, Villa only paid £20k when they signed him, aged 28, from Wednesday in 1955 just in time to spoil my day the following year. Still, as my mother told me, learn from it son, you can't win them all.
29 Posted 10/08/2021 at 13:39:21
30 Posted 10/08/2021 at 13:43:16
31 Posted 10/08/2021 at 14:13:00
Lovely response. At our ages, the ability to get up each morning is a true blessing.
I can identify with your ailments, experiences and pills regime!
Love the idea of the Old Boys Pen. Sure Bill would approve.
32 Posted 10/08/2021 at 14:34:24
33 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:05:38
No spade, no stadium!
34 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:10:50
Ah I see! :-)
35 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:17:44
Bernard; Jim and Mr McFarlane Snr, sir - at 70+, I am also in that bracket so praying we all make it to the first game at BMD. Bob Parrington, if you can pick me up on the way across, it would be appreciated! Good luck to you all.
36 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:24:52
Ian, you'll make it.
Daniel; it was his tea break!
37 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:30:36
38 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:39:05
39 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:42:02
I am 87 and I too can't remember my first game but who knows – we could have stood next to each other in the Boys Pen.
The game I really remember was England v Eire because it was the only time I had the courage to skip rugby at St Edwards! Let's hope they hurry along with the building and we oldies have a chance to see our beloved Blues!
40 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:46:45
Over that time, Moshiri's made the mistakes we're all too aware of. Not on this, though. He's delivering.
41 Posted 10/08/2021 at 15:58:54
42 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:14:05
Good to see the first box ticked and hoping to be around to see the first bit of the stadium going up.
43 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:14:42
Brian, stay on top of this project for me, will you? Kick a few keisters and keep those workers at it. You and I are going to a game together. The tickets are on me.
Annika #2, condolences on the long separation from your dad. The virus and the interconnected politics have kept many families cruelly separated for great lengths of time. My wife and her family were locked down in Wuhan for six months last year. Got my wife back but Mom, who lived with us, was denied boarding on the plane twice. They were still 6000 miles apart when Dad passed last month, mourning on video calls. And because of the situation between the US and China, it may literally be years before my wife sees her mom and sister again in person.
John Sr. #30, I'm right there with you... only ten pills for me, but five injections a day. But you must keep it going, sir, because we have another sip of Guinness together in our mutual future.
Danny #38, well said.
Bill #42, you'll make it there too. Guaranteed.
Onward to BMD!!!
44 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:16:44
I will be viewing the webcam intensely.
45 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:34:55
The charity continues to enrich peoples lives, and goes from strength to strength.
The Women's team is showing positive signs of improvement. They appear to have bought wisely adding a combination of proven ability and promising players from other leagues.
Our youth team has promoted several youngsters whilst continuing to find good loan clubs for others in their development.
The first team.. hmm.. why spoil a good day.
46 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:44:28
Until then, the guy is going nowhere... so, for any Kenwright bashers, you have a while yet before he takes his final bow, you can be certain of that.
Now to the great news of Everton and work finally commencing on the new stadium. Realisation is sinking in; we are finally getting a state-of-the-art new stadium, with no obstructed-view seats, a stadium that can offer more Evertonians a place in the stadium, a new chapter in our history.
We need this stadium, it will be great, but god it is going to tug on your heart strings, when we wave off Goodison Park for the last time. I would say to people: take it in while you can, let's get Goodison rocking again, before we bid farewell to the Old Lady.
47 Posted 10/08/2021 at 16:48:20
It is not quite the the sound of the first death knell over the old lady but it feels as though the bellringers are being called to church. Sad but inevitable and about time too. Great news... NSNO
48 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:03:13
49 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:23:51
At present, my son-in-law, who is an Arsenal season ticket holder, wants me to get tickets for any home game at Goodison as he has not had the chance before to sample its unique atmosphere.
I saw the last pre-covid game at the Emirates in March 2020 as his friend could not go. Now that's a stadium with zero atmosphere, the ground is soul-less, unlike the old Highbury! It seems that Bramley-Moore Dock will have its own special atmosphere and traditions because the architect seems to have listened to the fans before getting his pencil sharpened!
50 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:36:36
>Just jesting... it's really happening, isn't it? Always thought I wouldn't live to see a new stadium.
51 Posted 10/08/2021 at 17:58:36
Positive news at least!
52 Posted 10/08/2021 at 18:19:46
53 Posted 10/08/2021 at 18:27:19
54 Posted 10/08/2021 at 18:59:28
55 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:02:31
Fantastic to see the start being made on our new one and we can look forward to seeing it rise. I don't live far from the Dock so I'll be having regular walks down there to see the progress.
We nearly ended up in Kirkby, except for the wonderful work by the members of KEIOC. (Well done all, your work has got its rewards, thank you all.)
56 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:04:35
Hopefully this will lead Everton into deliverance to a better place, in football terms.
Now to beat Southampton.
57 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:20:41
"To know that Evertonians and people of this great City are together with us on this journey is a special feeling"
If it was up to Billy Boy, we would have long since faded into insignificance playing at Tesco Park in Kirkby.
"Us"?????? Cheeky fucker!!!
60 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:26:53
Still some miserable gets on here, though.
61 Posted 10/08/2021 at 19:51:09
Taking the positives and to have team that puts a full 96 minutes shift in v Soton.
Its not too much to ask but could it be too much to expect?
Im expecting a positive reaction on Saturday, but we shall see.
62 Posted 10/08/2021 at 20:50:28
I know there are some on this site who consider me a 'Grumpy old 'Snowflake' who lives in the past and lacks a sense of humour. I think that they would be surprised to learn that they are absolutely correct. I only log on to ToffeeWeb to feel as one with the many 'Angry Young Men', in fact some of their post's bring a smile to my otherwise miserable face.
Since the appointment of Rafa Benitez, my 'Young Lady' tells me I've been laughing in my sleep, so I would like to thank them for all the pleasure they bring me. "Happy Days!"
63 Posted 10/08/2021 at 21:14:06
64 Posted 10/08/2021 at 21:20:37
DBB, Moshiri and Usmanov shouldve been there not him who hasnt put a penny into the club.
65 Posted 10/08/2021 at 21:20:52
66 Posted 10/08/2021 at 22:07:29
You have both provided a perfect summarisation of Mr Kenwrights contribution to the fortunes of Everton Football Club over the last twenty odd years.
67 Posted 10/08/2021 at 23:23:06
That said, I think the incompetent, unaccountable, devious shyster would disdain having the new ground named after himself, no, he'd expect to see "the River Kenwright" floating past BMD as a fitting tribute to his self-proclaimed status as the "Greatest Evertonian".
68 Posted 11/08/2021 at 00:42:15
69 Posted 11/08/2021 at 02:16:27
I am going to try and ride my bike down to BMD every weekend to watch this go up because I never thought it would happen after Kings Dock.
This is an achievement by Moshiri, a proper legacy.
Now please let us have a team to at least excite and entertain for these last few years of Goodison.
We have to go out with a bang and not a whimper, something fitting to Goodison.
70 Posted 11/08/2021 at 03:21:25
Mike @ 43, thats sad news, sorry to hear about youre Dad. I can only hope your wifes family are allowed to travel soon. At least I know my Dad will be home when travel to the Philippines is allowed again.
I cant imagine how upsetting the situation must be for your wife. Best wishes to the future for you all though.
The news about BMD has cheered me up though.
71 Posted 11/08/2021 at 07:31:06
72 Posted 11/08/2021 at 09:05:49
My advice to you guys is to make sure you get your STs reserved as early as possible because you might find youre seated in the Bill Kenwright Stand.
73 Posted 11/08/2021 at 09:39:12
I can see the cold sweats and hear the dry baulks on the approach now!
Clearly the stadium will be named by a sponsor and seemingly Usmanov, but stand naming will be interesting.
Will we go for the obvious in terms of famous former players and managers? If so who? For me, even though I never saw the player, but surely for his lifelong dedication to Everton (boyhood supporter, revered player, title winning coach, manager, youth coach), Colin Harvey deserves recognition.
Or landmarks? The river, the dock itself? Or dare I say, another sponsorship opportunity?
Anyway, we're on our way. Although there may be turbulence and a degree of trepidation about the immediate expectations on the pitch, this is strategically positive for the club.
74 Posted 11/08/2021 at 10:05:58
We now need about 40 more of them lol
75 Posted 11/08/2021 at 10:33:43
It was a friendly against some Dutch side whose name I can't recall but I remember the experience vividly, even down to the taste of the pork pie and cup of tea at half-time.
My Dad will be 80 when the new stadium opens. Fingers-crossed I can take him to see one of the first few games that's played there.
76 Posted 11/08/2021 at 11:32:01
I hope you didn't end up in the state I did with the meat pie, an evening kick off rushed home from work quick sandwich changed and ready for the pub after the game. Once inside GP minutes before KO I got a hot meat pie and a Higgy's brown ale bit into the pie and the greasy fat ran all down my shirt.
I'm no lover of BK, in fact the thought of being his lover would definitely have brought the meat pie and brown ale back up, but don't be surprised if the Kirkby Ski Slope appears strategically placed so inexperienced users will end up in the Mersey rather than a dual carriageway. I'm sure Bill & Jenny love being on the piste, especially Jenny it clouds the eyes when you look at an overweight white haired old bloke and makes them look attractive ( there's hope for me yet). The slope and it's paraphernalia has been taking up his garage since it was demolished ( I wonder if he has the Bike Track too becoming very popular now, might offer him a couple of bob for the thousands of tons of concrete).
77 Posted 11/08/2021 at 15:12:05
You ever seen that sketch of a garden swing on a a tree? What the architect envisioned and what the contractor built?
78 Posted 11/08/2021 at 15:29:13
I would have liked Meis to still be involved on our side, but we do still have the architect/lead consultant involved who led the design review and planning processes.
If we cave on things, it's because we caved. And we could have done that with Meis on board too.
79 Posted 12/08/2021 at 10:15:56
If it hadn't had been for Kenwright, we'd have had the Kings Dock by now, so think on that one. 😡
80 Posted 12/08/2021 at 12:01:17
81 Posted 12/08/2021 at 19:03:12
You mean, like 'The Jabba The Hut Stand', 'The Space Bar' and 'The Ukraine End'? Hmm! :-)
82 Posted 12/08/2021 at 19:44:34
And good luck Tony, I hope you both witness some decent football to go with that lovely view.
83 Posted 12/08/2021 at 20:33:56
84 Posted 12/08/2021 at 20:54:47
Wagons coming and going, security men very friendly
Had a nice coupla pints sat outside the Bramley Moore in the evening sun
5 lads came over for a beer at 5ish... All working on the site, all local, jobs being created already... Good start 👌
85 Posted 12/08/2021 at 21:45:23
"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's website does not state when the PCSA was signed, the assumption then being they have not reached that 'gate' yet.
Everton are reported to have "appointed" Laing O'Rourke as their "preferred contractor". Do we understand the nature of that appointment ?
It would be nice to understand the following or at least have some transparency on the following:
Also what is the status of the procurement process ?
when will the PCSA be signed ?
As Everton's preferred contractor in what capacity will Laing O'Rourke participate during the D&B Phase ?
Have Laing O'Rourke been involved in the selection of tenderers for the D&B Phase ?
Conversely the following info is readily available:
On 31 July 2021 Liverpool City Region Combined Authority contracted KPMG
"The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is looking to appoint an advisor to liaise with our Investment Team as described in the brief for the project."
Ground breaking is nice ceremony, headline grabbing and photos for the archives but what is truly happening ?
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