Everton FC – The People’s Project

Creating a sustainable sports stadium for future generations



Appointed in 2015 by Everton Football Club - one of the founding members of the Football League, RLB has been providing cost management services for the Club’s transformational project to build the Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Combining a new iconic football stadium and community-led legacy plans, this innovative scheme is delivering one of the largest packages of public benefits ever seen in the North West. This will generate a £1.3bn boost to the economy, create tens of thousands of jobs and attract 1.4million visitors, annually, to the Liverpool City Region.
The project has already won plaudits and accolades with its eye-catching design which brilliantly blends the modern with the traditional. The stadium has also been shortlisted as part of the UK and Ireland’s UEFSA EURO 2028 bid.

At a glance

  • Client
    Everton FC
  • Services
    Commercial Success, Cost Benchmarking and Cost Intelligence
  • sector
  • Location
    Liverpool, United Kingdom

Reimagining the past

The 52,888-capacity development is located within Liverpool’s historic docks on the banks of the River Mersey and offers one of the country’s most storied football club a platform for growth. The development includes improved functionality, hospitality, enhanced VIP facilities, accessibility, sustainability modernity and quality from their current Goodison Park home. It is designed to be at the service of the club, the neighbourhood, the city and includes the reinstatement of the surrounding historic public realm and remediation of a Grade II listed Hydraulic Tower and Engine Room which was built in 1883 and is an integral part of daily life during the dock’s heyday.

With the new stadium being developed at the semi-derelict North Liverpool Docks, initial enabling works saw the reclamation and infill of Bramley-Moore Dock with over 450,000 m3 of sand being dredged from the Irish Sea and pumped and compacted into the site. 

Setting the standard for sustainability

The stadium is primed to be one of the most environmentally friendly football stadiums ever built. Initiatives are put in place to reach this goal including exceeding the ambitious target of re-using 95% of all materials on site, provision of facilities such as electric car-charging points and parking for bicycles and improving the accessibility for those walking to the new stadium, along with providing a shuttle bus to the city centre and helping to improve the local rail infrastructure. 

From the early feasibility stage, RLB worked closely with the Club and Project Manager, together with an international sports architect and engineering team. By utilising RLB’s global sport stadium experience, the RLB team utilised specialist stadium cost benchmarks while working in tandem with the design team. RLB completed initial feasibility cost planning to support the development of the brief, choice of alternative sites and evaluation of the stadium design competition. Our team managed contractor procurement and conclusion of a contract sum with the preferred contractor at the end of an 18-month Pre-Construction Services Agreement, during the COVID pandemic and a period of more recent market volatility. RLB also provided lifecycle costing and continues to provide post-contract services including change control and monthly cost reporting.  

The project is currently under construction and is due for completion in the 2024/25 season.