Influential’s Work on ‘The People’s Project’ Wins National Award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning

Influential work on the record-breaking ‘The People’s Project’ public consultation has won a national planning industry award for its comprehensive approach to stakeholder engagement.

The public consultation into Everton Football Club’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and a community-led legacy at Goodison Park has won the award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning (Development Management) at the national Planning Awards 2020.

Judges praised The People’s Project for being a “great example of cross-cutting engagement at all levels”.

Held annually, the Planning Awards, recognise excellence in planning, regeneration, economic development and urban design across the UK.

Influential worked alongside Everton and property consultant CBRE, to devise and deliver the engagement campaign which generated 63,000 responses and demonstrated 96% support for the plans.

The multi-channel, pre-planning consultation engaged a large, inclusive audience across the Liverpool City Region (LCR) in the Club’s proposals for a new 52,888 capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and an ambitious and innovative community-led legacy project at Goodison Park.

Carried out in two phases across 2018 and 2019, it included a permanent online presence, a geo-targeted social media campaign, email and postal surveys, focus groups and an ambitious touring exhibition which visited 21 locations.

The campaign has been heralded by experts as the largest public consultation in the City of Liverpool’s history, with valuable lessons for future projects.

Karen Swan, director at Influential, said: “The scale and depth of community and stakeholder participation in the People’s Project consultation proves what can be achieved when you have a client that is committed to meaningful consultation and is willing to take an innovative approach to engagement.

“We are proud to have supported a project with such strong potential to bring regeneration and investment to two areas of north Liverpool.”

Colin Chong, Stadium Development Director at Everton, said: “This award is testament to the planning and hard work put into what is widely being acknowledged as an ‘exemplar public consultation’.

“I’d like to thank CBRE and Influential who worked as an integral part of our New Stadium and Communications and Engagement teams. Their strategic advice and on-the-ground support proved incredibly valuable as we worked together to deliver a robust, creative, transparent and engaging public and stakeholder consultation.” 

The People’s Project was named the ‘Best Property and Construction Campaign’ at the Northern Marketing Awards 2019 and is also a finalist for ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ in the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Awards 2020.


To discuss how Influential can support stakeholder engagement and public consultation for your project, contact Karen Swan – Head of insight at integrated communications consultancy Influential:

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