Post by Everton News. on Dec 14, 2022 11:58:59 GMT
A 100-tonne bridge deck is being constructed at Everton Stadium to assist with site logistics and provide a vital link to the scenic western wharf in the final scheme.
The concrete bridge in the north west corner, which will eventually provide part of the route for the team coaches arriving the stadium, is being put in place early into the build to assist with the flow of site traffic.
It also serves as a conduit for the utilities and an array of cables, which will connect the outside broadcast compound on the yet-to-be-developed western wharf to all camera positions within the 52,888 seater stadium.
And a change to the original design means the new bridge, which complements the existing isolation structure in the south west of the site, meets sustainability measures by improving the flow of water through neighbouring docks and helping to stimulate marine life.
Gerald Knights, Structures Engineering Lead for Laing O’Rourke, explained: "The bridge is fundamental to the operation of the stadium.
"It allows a one-way flow of traffic around the stadium, so vehicles can come in on the north side and leave via the south, or loop around the western wharf.
"It’s also a conduit for all the utilities that come from the outside broadcast unit, which sits on the western wharf, and the bridge carries all of the electrical and communication cables into the stadium.
"Originally, there was another type of structure designed in this location, which would have de-linked some of the water connectivity between the two adjacent docks.
"We changed that and turned it on its head and built this structure which spans over the water now, and allows the marine life to repopulate the channel."
The bridge, sitting atop six concrete piles bored 16 metres underground, is made up of four precast concrete beams, each weighing around 28 tonnes and with a span of 15 metres.
"That makes it quite a substantial structure, but one that is more cost-efficient and sustainable than the previous version that was on the table,” added Knights.
"We are constructing it now because it becomes important for logistics. Once we have the utilities in and we have built the bridge deck, we will be able to start putting traffic on this bridge and it will give us the flexibility, later on, to be able to excavate out around 15,000 cubic metres of earthworks to create the new water channel and a new habitat for all the species that will move into this area.
"We’re hoping to get it ready for use in January of next year, and then we should be able to see traffic on it not long after."
The first full-span roof truss has been completed at Everton Stadium.
Another milestone moment in the development saw the third 100-tonne connecting piece lifted into position in the north stand on Tuesday morning, 35 days after the first roof installation took place and just six months after the first steel super-column was bolted into the north stand foundations.
Each truss, which initially rest on temporary support trestles built into the stand, consists of three sections assembled at ground level and lifted into placed individually.
The completed roof trusses will have clear spans of between 150 and 175 metres, with the depth of the trusses varying between four metres deep at the supports, to around 11.5m at mid-span.
Temporary steel bracing is helping to secure the trusses, until the whole truss assembly and roof barrel are complete and able to support their own weight.
In total, Everton Stadium will have five roof trusses installed; two in the smaller north stand and three atop the one-tier south stand that will eventually house 13,000 Evertonians.
Construction partner Laing O’Rourke have been planning the roofing operation for two years and hope to have all five of the full-span roof trusses installed by Easter 2023.
Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, due for completion in the 2024/25 season, is recognised as the largest single-site private sector development in the country, contributing an estimated £1.3bn to the UK economy, creating thousands of jobs and attracting 1.4m visitors to the city of Liverpool, annually.
Once complete, the scheme will have acted as a catalyst for more than £650m worth of accelerated regeneration directly benefiting the nearby Ten Streets development.
The shape of Everton Stadium is now there for all fans to see, with all of the steelwork bolted into the north and south stands, terracing units installed, the giant roof trusses transforming the north Liverpool vista and even the brick facades offering a glimpse of a finished exterior that will blend effortlessly into to the industrial dockside location.
And as the build progresses, a reminder that Everton is inviting supporters to take part in a series of surveys that will help shape matchdays and the overall visitor experience at the new stadium.
The wide-ranging research will allow the Club to build on the results of previous fan surveys to provide a thorough understanding of the expectations of supporters in relation to the new stadium.
The first survey, entitled ‘Matchday Experience’, has been sent directly to supporters aged 18 and over and seeks to gather thoughts in relation to matchday food and drink, pre/post-match entertainment, travel plans and expectations for new matchday rituals.
Emails from the Club, with an invitation to take part in the multi-phase study, have been sent out to members of the Fans’ Panel, which includes Season Ticket and Official Members as well as Shareholders. Supporters on the Season Ticket Waiting List and match-going Blues have also received an invitation to complete the first survey.
Evertonians who don’t believe they are part of the groups listed above, and wishing to complete the survey, have the opportunity to do so by entering their Supporter Number and surname by clicking here.
The survey will be open until 10am on Monday, 9 January 2023, giving fans the chance to share their views and preferences.
It is now hard to recall that when the sun set on 2021, just one year ago, the stadium build was little more than a couple of precast concrete walls poking above the sandy bed.
Construction partner Laing O’Rourke wanted to end that year with a statement of intent that Everton Stadium was finally ‘out of the ground’ following months of preparatory work.
That had involved the huge maritime engineering feat of displacing a water-filled dock with 480,000 cubic metres of sea-dredged sand and boring more than 1,000 of the 2,500 concrete piles up to 20-metres deep into the northern and southern wharves.
Twelve months later, the site is unrecognisable, with 20,000 deliveries of everything from huge concrete walls and pillars to essential nuts and bolts all playing a part in shaping Everton’s future home.
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has held talks with Qatar Airways
According to the Daily Mail, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has held talks with Qatar Airways about a potential naming rights deal for the club’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore dock.
Everton have been looking for new sponsors since last March after cutting ties with companies linked to Alisher Usmanov.
The Russian businessman’s USM Holdings were paying £12million-a-year in naming rights for the club’s training ground as well as a one-off payment of £30m for the option to purchase naming rights to the new £500m stadium, which is due to open for the start of the 2024-25 season.
Moshiri was in Doha during the World Cup and is understood to have held talks with Qatar Airways executives, although an agreement has not been reached.