Future Cities Forum online discussion: stadium-led regeneration

CGI of proposed stadium for Everton Football Club at Bramley-Moore Dock, Liverpool (MEIS / Dan Meis)

As Everton Football Club waits to hear about its' planning application for the Goodison Legacy - the second part of the 'People's Project' which includes a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool - Future Cities Forum held an online discussion this week on the impact of stadium-led regeneration in cities.

The Covid-19 outbreak has slowed construction throughout the UK and this is causing some concern to cities such as Birmingham which is regenerating the Alexander Stadium at Perry Barr in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Contributors to the online conference discussion included the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, CBRE's Head of National Planning, Iain Jenkinson (who is advising Everton FC) and architect Steven Kennedy from Grimshaw, who is working on the YTL Arena in Bristol.

Cllr Ian Ward described the importance of the £72 million regeneration of the Alexander Stadium in North West Birmingham. The stadium, which was constructed in the 1970's, hosts athletics and other events. It now needs to substantially increase capacity and become a more flexible venue and asset for the community and city.

When asked about the impact and challenge of bringing all the linked regeneration together, Cllr Ward said: