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Sheppard Robson lands Everton stadium role

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Sheppard Robson has won a key role on the project to build a new stadium for Everton Football Club, the AJ understands

The practice, which has offices in Manchester, is believed to be providing local support to US-based Meis Architects on the £300 million arena scheme.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet earlier this year ratified a deal that will see the council form a special purpose vehicle to help bring forward the project at Bramley Moore Dock within Peel Land and Property’s £5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme.

About a year ago, the AJ revealed that sports specialists Meis Architects had been contracted to work on the new stadium. It is now understood that Sheppard Robson has secured a role supporting the US giant.

Founded in 2007, Meis Architects has worked on a number of recent stadiums, including Los Angeles’ 75,000-seater NFL stadium at Grand Crossing and the Las Vegas MLS stadium.

Sheppard Robson, Meis Architects and Everton FC have been contacted for comment. 

Everton has struggled with previous schemes to build a new stadium. In 2003 the club was forced to abandon a scheme for a new stadium at King’s Dock, Liverpool, due to a £30 million shortfall in funding. Proposals for a 50,000-seater stadium at Kirkby, six miles to the north-east, were rejected by the government in 2009.

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  • A conservative estimate would put the size of Sheppard Robson at over 10 times that of "the US giant" Mies Architects.
    Surely, if this is how we are now describing archites we are missing some superlatives for our British firms - after all this is only fair to the behemoth Shepard Robson.

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  • Geoff Williams

    One would assume from the brief bulletin on this critical development that Sheppard Robson will have responsibility for the construction of the stadium. It is not clear what the role of Meis Architects would be at this stage. Would they be responsible for the M&E design? It is important for a 2 hour fire rated cable to be specified for all life saving applications. It would usually be the role of the main contractor to nominate and agree the appointed electrical contractor. Contractors are known to work to the minimum design parameters to maximise their return on profit. Clarification is needed to protect approximately 50,000 people. Comments please!

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