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 Post subject: Siamese stadium plan for Liverpool and Everton
PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:59 pm 
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New Siamese stadium plan for Liverpool and Everton football clubs unveiled

A LOCAL business consortium today unveiled a “Siamese stadium” to house both Liverpool and Everton football clubs.

The proposals show two grounds standing side by side in Stanley Park sharing one “central spine” wall.

The Mersey Stadia-Connex group, which is behind the idea, believes the “Siamese-style” blueprint could save the clubs between £180m and £220m.

They argue it would allow both Liverpool and Everton to maintain separate stadiums – but the unique design will hugely reduce overall costs.

Images reveal a two-sided, ten-level central hub, with a 60,000 ground capacity for Liverpool and 50,000 for Everton.

Both stadia, the consortium say, could be extended to accommodate an extra 10,000 fans with work completed by 2013.

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The scheme includes a 300-bed hotel, complete corporate and hospitality facilities, 150 executive boxes, and an underground car park with 1,350 spaces.

The central spine entrance features an atrium and hotel tower extending four storeys above the stadium roof.

Around 200 of the 300 hotel bedrooms face the pitch, and also twin as executive boxes with balconies.

Representatives from Mersey Stadia-Connex are understood to have communicated on a number of occasions, once face-to-face, with senior Everton FC bosses.

However, publicly, the Blues dismissed the plan, denying any contact with the group and describing the scheme as “unworkable, unaffordable and undeliverable”.

Liverpool FC were sent copies of the plans but have made no contact with Mersey Stadia-Connex.

An LFC spokesman said: “We remain committed to building our new stadium in Stanley Park.”

The Connex group is made up of architects, structural, civil and services engineers and a construction and cost consultant.

The National Football Museum, currently relocating their main base from Preston to Manchester, has expressed interest in the project.

The Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) was shown the proposals but appear to have distanced themselves, advising the Connex group it was the clubs’ prerogative to put forward new proposals.

The project, which has taken eight months to design, is said to have reached “outline planning design stage and initial project construction cost status”.

The group has based its plan on Stanley Park.

But they said the scheme could still be “transferable” to alternative sites, and would allow each club to put together its own stadium-naming rights package.

A spokesperson for the Mersey Stadia-Connex group said: “We need to reach the prospective new owners of Liverpool FC to inform them about this sensational investment opportunity.

“Most fans will understand the many advantages and financial implications.

“This scheme differs from all previous concepts during the last decade in that we believe it manages to achieve all the clubs’ objectives.

“Primarily they seem to be, in the absence of it being practical to rebuild Anfield and Goodison, to offer state-of-the-art, 21st-century facilities to their faithful supporters, increased capacity and transformed hospitality, while retaining the strongest link to their heritage, all in a way which delivers the very best value for money in order to ultimately enhance their on-field performances and successes.

“As important as any of those just mentioned is the passionate desire to retain independence from each other, and we are protecting that requirement through a brilliant design concept formulated by Merseysiders for Merseysiders, where what is required is an open-mindedness and a degree of cooperation.”

Mersey Stadia-Connex also wished to clarify they do not represent or act with authority for either Liverpool or Everton FC.

 Post subject: Re: Siamese stadium plan for Liverpool and Everton
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Everton Chief Executive Robert Elstone has revealed on his official blog that the latest plans to build adjoining stadiums for Everton and Liverpool have "falsely raised" the expectations of fans.

The plan, dubbed 'siamese stadia' by the Liverpool press was, Elstone revealed, mooted by club officials upon their design but failed to present a workable solution to the problems facing both Merseyside clubs.

Elstone said: "we did see the designs a while ago and there has been brief, correspondence with our advisers but all dialogue emphasised our issues and identified many challenges which, it seems, haven’t been addressed."

"Well-intentioned as they might be plans such as the so-called ‘Siamese Stadium’ don’t really take us anywhere."

The Toffee's chief refused to appear down on the long list of problems facing the Club's search a new home.

Instead he saw new opportunities opening up with the recent change in power at Liverpool City Council.

Everton were seen to be at odds with the previous Liberal Democrat administration headed by Warren Bradley, and with Elstone himself conceding that "the City Council does hold the key to a new stadium", the new Labour majority in Castle Street could kick start a new more productive dialogue with new leader Joe Anderson.

Elstone said: "Hopefully, discussions with Liverpool City Council and the newly-elected Labour leader will also be exciting."

"Being supportive, in my view, needs the Council to fully appreciate the significance and contribution made by Everton Football Club to the City and its communities."

"We look forward to fresh and progressive dialogue which centres on the delivery of a funding model and an affordable stadium."

 Post subject: Re: Siamese stadium plan for Liverpool and Everton
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 3:22 am 

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I'm made up that the club have rejected this abomination of an idea.

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