Everton have announced that the process of clearing the bottom of Bramley-Moore Dock in preparation for the infilling process has been completed.
A round-the-clock mission involving expert divers plunging into dark murky waters has cleared the dock basin of unwanted materials, from old car tyres and scrap metal to ship anchors and World War Two relics.
This included unexploded anti-aircraft shells dating back to the 1940s which were carefully removed and handed over to Army and Navy experts for disposal.
The club and construction partners Laing O'Rourke are now preparing to begin the rehoming of wildlife from the dock later this month before repairing and sealing any holes in the dock wall to effectively create a “bath tub”.
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This is in preparation for the infilling of the dock, which has also seen the laying of the pipework required to bring in 470,000 cubic meters of sand, dredged from the Irish sea, that will displace the water currently in the dock into adjacent water bodies.
Elsewhere in the enabling works, the demolition is well under way to flatten existing non-listed buildings, that will see much of the materials being re-used across the site. Works on the welfare facilities for site staff also continue in preparation for the next phase of works.
“Demolition is ongoing as we speak and we are actually forming the ‘bath tub' now, which effectively segregates our dock from the others to allow us to fill it with sand harvested from the River Mersey,” said Stadium Director, Colin Chong.
“So there's some major maritime engineering activity taking place. There are lots of marine life still in the dock, so we've fitted a bubble curtain to stop any more coming back in and from 17 September we will start to remove all the fish from the dock under the jurisdiction of the environment agency.
“They will monitor how we remove and release the fish, recording the species, so there's a real detailed methodology of how we intend to clear the dock.”
Click here to download the first Everton stadium podcast and hear more from Lenny and his diving colleague Josh on the process of repairing the dock wall.
The podcast also features an update on what is currently happening on site from Colin Chong as well as insights on the dock infill process from Chris Spragg and Peter Jones, project leads from Laing O'Rourke.
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1 Posted 17/09/2021 at 17:15:35
2 Posted 17/09/2021 at 17:52:33
After a detailed consultation period, a team of wildlife experts recommended that the rats should be integrated into an area which already has a large thriving population of similar vermin
Thankfully the rats will not have to move too far, as the wildlife experts have found that the largest population of vermin in Western Europe is actually just a few miles away at Anfield Road.
3 Posted 17/09/2021 at 18:25:04
4 Posted 17/09/2021 at 18:53:21
Ive copied and pasted your quote and sent it to them 😀😀
5 Posted 17/09/2021 at 21:24:43
6 Posted 17/09/2021 at 21:30:11
Are we sure this is such a good idea...
7 Posted 17/09/2021 at 21:36:29
They must really have huge rats in Pall Mall...if they were pulling down warehouses!
8 Posted 17/09/2021 at 21:41:47
9 Posted 17/09/2021 at 22:01:24
10 Posted 17/09/2021 at 22:05:20
Never mind that annual infection once a season of a couple of thousand.
I sense new businesses starting up..Wack-a-rat Ltd,
11 Posted 18/09/2021 at 00:06:57
That's the last time I'm going down Pall Mall on my own!!
12 Posted 18/09/2021 at 02:05:15
Alan @ 1; that only applies to foundations in sand. The whole area...including the actual river sits on a shelf of, iirc, Butlerite Sandstone, which extends from Red Rocks by the Dee, Thurstson Hill, Rock Ferry is named for it all the way to Woolton quarry and beyond.
Just look at the cuttings from Edge Hill (where, for some reason, it is always best to get off, or so I was told when I was young, which mystified me at the time) into Lime Street, half the old city was made from it - fear not; piles (titter ye not) concrete piles will be anchored to that base.
13 Posted 18/09/2021 at 11:24:55
14 Posted 18/09/2021 at 11:31:06
I didn't mention it in my post, but on my way to Lime Street Tuesday morning at some ridiculously early hour, as I approached with St John's to the left, Wetherspoons to the right (no – too early) and the Crown in front of me, there were rats everywhere scampering around. Cocky and confident little shits too. Not phased by me at all.
Sorry. Random one, but you reminded me!!!
15 Posted 18/09/2021 at 12:01:40
The walk from town is about 20 minutes but parking places in town on a Saturday are limited and expensive, also in autumn and winter with rain it wouldn't be a pleasant experience having to walk 20 minutes to and from the ground.
16 Posted 18/09/2021 at 12:15:47
But in reality, at any stadium, there is inevitable congestion prior to and after the event. Controlled queues to get to the train platform at Wembley or Brighton. Likewise to get to the very efficient Tram system in Gelsenkirchen when I go to watch Schalke. Traffic jams on Queens Drive after a match at Goodison. You can't really get away from it.
But, to my point about how Tottenham have approached it. They have provided first class drinking and eating facilities in the stadium to encourage people to go earlier, leave later and arrive / depart at different times. No rush by the majority of the crowd to get in for Z-Cars after the final pint on County Road all at the same time. No bomb-burst of everyone trying to get away at the same time at the end.
When I got a tour of the Tottenham stadium on a business meeting the week before their first match there, the host told me, the idea was to totally change the matchday experience. And obviously, generate more direct match day revenue.
17 Posted 18/09/2021 at 12:28:20
Keep all the revenue within the club, they key is to provide first class facilities and people will go, stay there and spend there money there.
I would much rather do that than have beer spilled all over me in a sardine can pub in county road while I queue for 10mins for a crap pint.
I actually think the fan park at Goodison is an awesome idea although they are attempting a great idea without the space and facility to do it.
Providing places to eat will also encourage families to attend as they can finish watching the game and walk out and go for a meal afterwards.
This is the future of leisure and hospitality. For those who wish to just drive there and drive home immediately afterwards then that option remains.
I would like to see some real public transport infrastructure and it does need its own rail station.
18 Posted 18/09/2021 at 12:40:15
Probably Sandhills station is going to be best for getting there by rail; but buses? Maybe they'll have busses at most major stations along the way, and pick up points throughout the city.
I think a new landing stage is a brilliant idea; but we'll have to wait and see how things develop.
Personally I'll be investing in a bloody good waterproof jacket!
19 Posted 18/09/2021 at 13:58:23
That was a suggestion of mine, or more a wish, that they could set up football ferries. That would be something unique.
I don't think they have set up anything as far as l know. Surely we would have heard. Controlling traffic should be high consideration. Or are we all going to rely on public transport or sitting in traffic for half an hour waiting to get out? Sandhills is going to be crazy.
20 Posted 18/09/2021 at 16:09:02
21 Posted 18/09/2021 at 16:27:50
He was a Belfast born Evertonian but only lived a few doors down, so that was his pub.
22 Posted 18/09/2021 at 16:30:02
26 Posted 18/09/2021 at 16:36:23
As for the Pied Piper Brian, I know they're pests but surely the poor rats don't deserve such a dreadful fate!
27 Posted 18/09/2021 at 16:38:18
To be fair, no issues whatsoever. Good life experience for him, good people.
My Grandad was originally from the Antrim Road, close to the old Court house and Crumlin Road Prison.
28 Posted 18/09/2021 at 17:29:34
29 Posted 18/09/2021 at 17:36:32
30 Posted 18/09/2021 at 19:07:46
All along, I have been deeply sceptical about the new stadium. Nothing has changed.
This is a club that can attempt to play most of the second half of a Premier League match without a forward. Do you really think they can raise £500M?
31 Posted 18/09/2021 at 19:10:26
32 Posted 18/09/2021 at 20:04:56
33 Posted 18/09/2021 at 20:11:03
34 Posted 18/09/2021 at 20:16:19
Be disappointed but don't be pathetic.
35 Posted 18/09/2021 at 20:21:20
Im a long-standing watcher of the way the club works and thats my interpretation of whats going on. My view has never changed. I dont see the club being capable of organising a new ground. Everything the club do is substandard – as you saw on the pitch today.
36 Posted 18/09/2021 at 20:28:17
37 Posted 18/09/2021 at 21:16:31
Come on then tell us what you actually know.
38 Posted 25/09/2021 at 13:20:28
39 Posted 26/09/2021 at 16:32:48
Tram route up the hill, from Lime Street to the new Knowledge Quarter. With speculative extensions out to BMD in the north and Liverpool South Parkway in the south.
40 Posted 26/09/2021 at 17:28:59
41 Posted 26/09/2021 at 17:36:05
Wouldn't want to put Elvis's life in danger now would I?
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