Members of the Liverpool City Region business community attended this year’s first Everton Business Club to learn more about the Blues’ plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.
Everton’s Royal Liver Building HQ played host to more than 60 business leaders who heard from Everton’s Stadium Development team as the Club’s popular business networking forum returned for a special event in partnership with Downtown in Business.
Everton’s Stadium Development Director, Colin Chong, the Club’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Community, Richard Kenyon, and CBRE’s Jon Power were joined by host Frank McKenna, CEO of Downtown in Business, as they shared insights on how The People’s Project is poised to be one of the most transformational developments in the city since Liverpool ONE.
The panel discussed a range of themes including the planning process and the projects key future milestones which included how the Club expect to finalise the procurement for a contractor to develop the stadium in the next few weeks.
Everton submitted a planning application in December 2019 and Jon Power, representing CBRE – the Club’s planning consultants – informed the business community on how the plans will be made available for further public consultation as part of the planning process prior to determination in the summer.
Business leaders also heard from Club officials on the different RIBA stages of design and how the design of the stadium has evolved into what has been submitted as part of the planning application.
Other areas discussed included the socio-economic benefits of the project to the city region and Northern Powerhouse and the overwhelming support from the public which saw the Club receive more than 60,000 responses to their two-stage public consultation, making it the largest commercial public consultation to have ever taken place in the city of Liverpool.
Richard Kenyon, who is also CEO of Everton’s award-winning charity Everton in the Community, delivered a presentation on the strategic vision for the Goodison Legacy Project – building on the life-changing and life-saving work of the Club’s official charity.
A new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy project at Goodison Park would deliver a £1bn boost to the economy, create up to 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m new visitors annually.