Everton Football Club has appointed a stadium development director to progress its ambitious plans for a new Bramley-Moore Dock ground.
Construction industry expert Colin Chong has taken the role, in a move hailed as an “important step” for the club’s stadium vision.
Chong has already been working as Everton’s head of estates at Goodison Park since 2016, having joined from Laing O’Rourke, and secured the latest position in a recruitment process which is said to have spanned many months.
With more than 35 years’ experience in the development sector, he has previously been involved in redevelopment projects at Old Trafford and the Manchester Commonwealth Games stadium as well as the build of the DW Stadium and the delivery of Goodison Park’s Park Stand.
Announcing his new appointment, Chong says: “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.”
Everton FC’s chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, adds: “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.”
During 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.