The stadium is part of a wider, retail-led redevelopment being spearheaded by supermarket giant Tesco and masterplanned by Broadway Malyan’s retail arm in London.
The CABE report, issued back in March but only just made public, highlights Everton’s decision to choose Barr Construction to design and build the 55,000-seat stadium as a problem.
The report said: ‘We are concerned that the stadium design is being delivered by a Design and Build contractor.
‘It is our view that Design and Build contracts can produce successful outcomes only when high-quality design is embedded in the process; we do not feel that this has been achieved in this case.’
Everton has employed KSS Design Group as a ‘specialist stadium advisor’ but this has done little to allay CABE’s fears.
The design watchdog also criticised the wider Broadway Malyan masterplan, claiming the proposal does not have ‘sufficient flexibility or credibility as the basis for a distinctive new town centre in Kirkby’.
According to a Tesco, however, the masterplan has changed ‘dramatically’ since the CABE review.
Tesco corporate affairs manager Michael Kissman, said: ‘The Destination Kirkby project is about the total regeneration of Kirkby, not just adding new shops and a football ground. We want Kirkby to prosper and this is us putting our money where our mouth is.’