Henri Murison, the director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, has praised Everton’s ‘mega-project’ for Bramley-Moore Dock and says that beginning work on the stadium this year would boost economic confidence after an inevitable slowdown due to coronavirus.
Mr Murison said that a new Everton stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has a vital part to play in the future of the northern economy, especially in the aftermath of coronavirus.
He said: “Clearly the priority is protecting people’s health but you will have seen what the chancellor said about how we keep the economy going and there are significant projects like the stadium in north Liverpool which will make a big difference to the economy, not just in Liverpool but the wider north. Investments like this will unlock real economic potential.”
“If we can control the virus while keeping the economy going then yes, government investment will keep us going in the next few months but there is absolutely a role for mega-projects like this. The economic value of this development is significant in the construction phase but the economic value it will generate all through the year, not just when football is being played, is the reason why it is so important.”
Mr Murison’s comments were published the day before Liverpool City Council’s public consultation on the 52,000-seater Bramley-Moore stadium plan closes.
Friday 20 March is the last day for the public to share their views with Liverpool City Council on the plans for the stadium, which if approved alongside plans for a Goodison Park legacy, will deliver a £1billion boost to the economy, create up to 15,000 jobs and attract 1.4m new visitors to the city annually as well as £650m of accelerated regeneration.
Once approved, the Club plans to begin work on site in late 2020.
The application, consisting of over 50 technical documents covering 30 subject areas, includes information on the development of and the evolution of design of the new stadium, the creation of a water channel to retain the visual dock connection, a Fan Zone and a new 345-space multi-storey car park within the stadium building.
There is a heavy emphasis on heritage within the application, bringing the history of the docks to life and restoring and incorporating important historical elements into the landscape design, such as railway tracks which used to transport coal to and from warehouses around the site.
The application also includes a matchday transport strategy that has been developed in conjunction with Liverpool City Council Highways Authority, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseytravel, train, bus and taxi operators. The Club has also proposed the repair and restoration of the existing Grade II listed Hydraulic Tower as a cultural asset, which will be the subject of a separate application for listed building consent.