Everton hits stadium milestone as team settles with LCC

11th June 2022

Contractor Laing O’Rourke has installed the first steelwork column at the Bramley-Moore Dock site. Meanwhile, Everton Football Club has agreed to pay Liverpool City Council £502,000.

The money was for fees incurred by the council while it explored funding the stadium development. It did not represent the entire £841,000 that the council spent, with the local authority still on the hook for the remaining amount. Ultimately, the council had not assisted in funding the stadium.

Commissioners had criticised the council for spending so much money without formal council approval, calling the act a “failure of governance” in a report.

According to a joint statement from Everton and the council, the final settlement was “amicable”. The statement went on to clarify that the settlement did not impact the council’s finances, “as an amount had already been prudently set aside when setting the 2022/23 budget”.

Over at Bramley-Moore Dock, the new stadium for Everton is making progress, with the first super-column installed last week. The column weighs 18-tonnes and is located in the north-western quadrant of the site. Engineers from Severfield steel fabricators in Bolton assisted with the installation process.

A second column in the north-eastern quadrant is set to be installed soon. Laing O’Rourke estimates that it will create a lattice of steelwork to join the two corners within six weeks.

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