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Sheppard Robson to support work on new Everton stadium

Manchester-based architect Sheppard Robson has agreed to work with US firm Meis Architects on the new stadium project for English Premier League football club Everton.

Meis Architects is serving as the lead architect on the development and Sheppard Robson, which has designed three schools within the Liverpool area, will provide local support to the US company, according to the Architects’ Journal.

In April, Everton won approval from Liverpool City council to proceed with plans for the new stadium, which is expected to cost £300m (€325.8m/$387.5m). The 50,000-capacity venue will be built in the Bramley Moore Dock area of Liverpool.

Last month, ICBC (London) plc and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China agreed a financing deal to help fund the project. The companies will provide the club with a £60m three-year credit facility.

At the time, Sasha Ryazantsev, director at Everton, said: “We are pleased to have entered into a partnership with ICBC, which will increase our financial flexibility, reduce refinancing risk and lower funding costs, while adding to the list of Everton’s ‘firsts’.

“The new relationship with ICBC also represents an important step for us into the Chinese capital market, and we hope to develop further commercial opportunities in China in the future.

“Building on the significant shareholder contribution the club has received over the last year, Everton is now well-funded with sustainable long-term capital.”

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