Guests at an event to mark five years of the Northern Powerhouse were made aware of the significant benefits The People’s Project could bring to the city and how it could be part of the region’s contribution to the Northern Powerhouse.
Speaking as part of a panel of regional influencers at the Downtown in Business’ ‘The Future of Liverpool and the Northern Powerhouse’ event, Richard Kenyon, Everton’s Director of Marketing, Communications and Community, explained how a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at Goodison Park would help re-balance the city’s north-south economic divide as well as boost the city’s profile internationally.
Richard told the audience of regional business leaders, “The People’s Project will act as a catalyst for North Liverpool by creating 15,000 jobs, delivering a £1bn boost to the economy and attracting 1.5m visitors to the area.
“There are still big inequalities within our city and a stadium on the waterfront and a legacy project at Goodison Park will give the Club and its award winning charity Everton in the Community a unique opportunity to deliver positive social change in the area.”
As part of the Goodison Legacy Project, new community facilities are proposed to replace the Club’s current home. Consultation with local residents and businesses will continue over the coming years and will culminate in the formation of a Trust Board to manage the site. Engagement with the local community has so far identified the need for health facilities, education establishments, community spaces, business and enterprise hubs as well as new and affordable homes.
Prior to the start of a legacy project, the Club will need to have completed a move to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
Following the event held at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool, Richard added “Crucially, we are keen to ensure that as much of the £255m that is spent through the supply chain for the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is done locally.
“This development will speed up the wider regeneration of our North Docks including the Liverpool Waters and the planned Ten Streets Project by accelerating more than £650m of development.
“A new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at Goodison Park would not only be the most significant project in the Liverpool City Region but one of, if not the most significant, in the UK and could play a major role in the city’s narrative within the Northern Powerhouse. When complete it will also further enhance the city’s image on an international scale.”
The People’s Project second stage public consultation gets underway on 26 July until 25 August where latest design concepts for a stadium and outline plans for a legacy project will be made available for consultation. The Club remain on-track to submit planning applications for Bramley-Moore Dock and Goodison Park before the end of 2019.