Everton have confirmed that “remediation works” will need to be undertaken at Bramley-Moore Dock before the club’s new stadium could be built.
A detailed planning application for the proposed 52,000 capacity ground on 23rd December will be put forward.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Everton have made small changes to the stadium designs shown in the summer and will reveal the updates images two days before Christmas and Stadium Director Colin Chong has explained that preparatory work will need to be undertaken on the site before Everton could begin construction.
“The site is a former dock so I am sure you will be able to appreciate the work required to make it fit to house a state-of-the-art Premier League stadium,” Chong said.”We have identified all the heritage assets including cobbles, capstones, mooring posts and former tram lines and how we can incorporate them into our plans as far as possible. We have also identified areas of that will require remediation works.”
He added: “We will, of course, be releasing new images, as well as updating our app and flythrough video with the new designs. These will be available on evertonfc.com and peoples-project.co.uk from the afternoon of Monday 23 December.
“As the new visuals will show, it is a case of evolution rather than any major changes to the design presented during the second stage consultation.”
Chong has revealed that the club have performed tests to perform combat, and harness, the elements to which the stadium will be exposed at Bramley-Moore Dock.
“Bramley-Moore Dock is a naturally exposed site so we have been continually looking at ways of using the elements to our advantage and to lessen any negative impact they may have on the playing and visitor experience,” he said.
“We have put our concept designs through rigorous wind, acoustic and pedestrian modelling and have included additional measures that will be seen in our final proposals.”
Chong also added: “Perhaps some of the most interesting and exciting work we’ve been conducting is how we help facilitate the best possible atmosphere for Evertonians on matchday.