Premier League football club Everton has announced that the first concrete terracing unit has been installed at its new stadium, one year after work began on the project.
Contract partner Laing O’Rourke has also confirmed that work on building the stadium’s four concrete cores to their full height has been completed.
Everton staged a project commencement ceremony for its new £500m (€591m/$612m) stadium on August 10, 2021. The 52,888-capacity stadium is being built on Bramley Moore Dock, with almost 12,000 construction staff to work on the project over the course of the three-year build.
The first of 1,217 terracing units has now been lifted and bolted into place in the lower tier of the stadium’s north stand. The units have been manufactured in Ireland by Laing O’Rourke’s supply chain partner Banagher and will form the internal bowl lining of the stadium.
The ‘topping off’ of the four concrete cores means that they are now complete units, ready to support secondary steelwork and, ultimately, the roof trusses. Work is continuing across all four stands of the stadium, with the two steelwork sections on the north stand edging closer to connecting.
The first precast concrete walks that will make up the first floor have been fitted in the east stand, while the entire first floor is close to completion in the opposite west stand. The south stand steelwork has also been connected to the structural concrete core in the south west corner, with additional steelwork also emerging in the southeast corner.
Colin Chong, Everton’s director of stadium development, said: “Terracing units going on the steelwork represent a major visual change in the build. As the terracing installation progresses in a logical sequence, the structure looks more like a football stadium with every day that passes.”
The venue, which has been given the tentative name of Everton Stadium, is due to be completed in the 2024-25 season. Everton said the stadium will contribute an estimated £1.3bn to the UK economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting 1.4 million visitors to the city of Liverpool annually.
Last week, Everton revealed plans to offer a “revolutionary re-set” of traditional football hospitality at its new stadium.
Everton introduced ‘ALL’ as the concept for its hospitality offering at its future home. ALL will bring together the bars, restaurants and experiences that will be available at the venue.