Everton to roll out the barrel at Bramley-Moore

Everton FC will roll out the barrel and transform the north Liverpool skyline as it installs the barrel clad roof on its new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Tony McDonough reports

How the barrel roof at the Everton Stadium will look when complete


Everton stadium contractor Laing’O’Rourke is starting to install the barrel clad roof on the structure at Bramley-Moore Dock.

After three years of “meticulous planning” the aluminium panels have started to transform the east stand and offer a glimpse of how the arena will transform the north Liverpool skyline.

Everton plans to kick off the 2025/26 football season at the 52,888-capacity arena  in Liverpool Waters, playing its final game at Goodison Park at the end of the 2024/25 season. Last week it said the stadium was “structurally complete”.

For those working on the project, the installations that wrap around the curved steel skeleton perfectly capture the original design concept.

Mike Young, principal facade engineer for Laing’O’Rourke, said: “I have been on this project now for three-and-a-half years.

“It’s a long time in the making and the cladding is the last significant bit of the envelope that we have to complete, so it’s great to see it finally becoming a reality.”

And William Morrison, associate operations director with sub-contractors Lindner Prater, who specialise in roofing, cladding and glazing, added: “For me, it’s elation.

“This is three years in the planning and design – and to see us turning the architect’s vision into reality, even though there’s still some work to go, is absolutely magnificent.”

Installing the 872 panels – 436 on the east and west stands – is a complex and lengthy process, with the barrel shape and malleable panels presenting several novel challenges to the installation team.

Each panel, weighing 250kg, needs to be lifted carefully into position and angled in mid-air to be bolted onto the stadium steelwork.

This is achieved using a specially-designed robotic arm, which can be manoeuvred into any position by the crane operator.

William, whose company has previously worked on Twickenham Stadium, The Emirates and The London Stadium, explained: “We had to have a bespoke solution because these panels have been specifically designed for the project.

“There is nothing off the shelf, and there are strict regulations in terms of lifting materials at height.

“So that, coupled with Laing O’Rourke’s engineered safety policy, made us come up with a solution where we mechanically secure the panels into place using a manipulator arm, which can physically turn to any angle we require, to secure the panels.”

The perforated aspect of the panels provides another clever design feature, primarily allowing more light to penetrate the fully-enclosed stadium, while also revealing elements of the architectural steelwork that provides the framework for the cladding.


Work on installing the barrel roof at the Everton Stadium has started


And with the first phase now complete on the east stand, attention turns to starting the installations on the east stand, with the overall aim of having the stadium roof completely covered by this summer.

“It is quite a long timeline, but you have to consider the height of the building, the type of equipment and the sheer nature of the panel design,” said William.

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“At the early planning stage, we could only use a little experience as to how long that might take, and we have to take into consideration the vagaries of the weather. We are restricted to certain wind speeds in which we can lift the panels into the air.

“However, with the efficiencies that we have improved upon as we’ve gotten to know the project a little more, we are on target to finish by the original planned date of July – and I think that will be a hell of an achievement.”

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