Everton FC has appointed a stadium development director to support the club’s ambition of delivering a new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool.
Colin Chong, a construction industry specialist with more than 35 years’ experience in the development sector, has taken up the role.
He has successfully delivered a vast range of large-scale projects and has been involved at a senior-level in stadium redevelopment projects at Old Trafford and the Manchester Commonwealth Games stadium, as well as the build of the DW Stadium.
Colin also delivered the build of the Park Stand at Goodison Park in 1994. He said:
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of what will be a great project, not only for Everton Football Club but also for the City of Liverpool.
The Club has already done a huge amount of work to get us to our current position, spending millions of pounds to make sure that any scheme we develop is right for the Club and our fans, that the design principles are right and, crucially, that it’s affordable.
This is a long and complex process, but we have put together a well-resourced team of internal staff and consultants to ensure we are able to drive this forward effectively.
Chong initially joined English Premiership side Everton from Laing O’Rourkei n 2016 as head of estates at Goodison Park and has been appointed to this new post following a recruitment process spanning many months.
Chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said:
The appointment of Colin as our Stadium Development Director is an important step for us.
Whilst we have made progress on our plans for Bramley-Moore Dock – as well legacy plans for the Goodison Park site – there is a lot of detailed and complex work to do to enable our move to happen.
The fact that he has had some involvement in the project so far – albeit without being wholly dedicated to it – means he can really hit the ground running with an awareness of what needs to be done next.
Colin has extensive experience in delivering stadiums and other large-scale capital projects and, together with our strengthened internal team and a best-in-class team of external advisers, we now have all the resource and expertise we need in place as we move towards the crucial planning phases.
A key part of Colin’s remit will be to ensure that we consult fully with all groups on both schemes – including finalising designs and capacity and developing the best possible legacy for Goodison Park – and we are entirely committed to doing this.
I’d like to thank all fans for their support and patience to date and hope that they see this appointment as a positive sign of our ambition to move to Bramley-Moore Dock as soon as we possibly can.
Over the course of the next few months, a period of engagement with local residents regarding the legacy for L4 will be undertaken and a project website containing key information about both schemes will be launched.