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Everton stadium scheme 'to create 12,000 construction jobs'

Everton stadium scheme 'to create 12,000 construction jobs'

The construction of a new stadium for Everton Football Club will directly produce 12,000 jobs, a new analysis of the project has said.

An analysis published by CBRE, which is working with the club on the Bramley Moore Dock scheme, said these construction jobs will be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the economic benefits of building the new stadium to the city of Liverpool. 

As well as £255 million being spent on the stadium itself, CBRE has projected that nearly £100 million a year will be gained by the local economy, through visitors staying in hotels, plus retail and tourism spend. The new venue will be slightly nearer the city centre than the club's current Goodison Park home and also have a larger crowd capacity.

Senior director of planning and development at CBRE Iain Jenkinson, said: "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Liverpool to embrace one of the most significant and unique regenerative investments the city has ever seen.

"The economic contribution to the city of Liverpool through Everton’s new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, the catalytic effect it will have on surrounding neighbourhoods, and the equally important Goodison legacy project make this a package of projects, a game-changer for the city." 

Bramley Moore Dock represents the latest plan by the club to replace the outdated Goodison Park, where the facilities and potential matchday revenues lag well behind those of other major clubs. 

The club has previously considered schemes in Albert Dock, a controversial plan to move outside the city boundaries to Kirkby, and a recent plan to relocate to Walton Park. 

Everton originally played at Anfield, just the other side of Stanley Park, before being evicted by their landlord in 1891, who then formed Liverpool Football club. This historical connection is the reason the two clubs are among the geographically nearest neighbours in British football.

The actual closest neighbours are Dundee and Dundee United, who play at stadiums the length of a pitch apart. However, Dundee have recently outlined proposals to build a new stadium in the Camperdown area of the city.

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