These are the first pictures of the work that has started on Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The ECHO revealed on Monday afternoon that the Blues were today starting preliminary work on the site of their new ground in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool.

Essential tests and surveys will be carried out before a spade can be put in the ground to officially begin construction on the club's new 52,000 stadium.

Everton hope to be in that position as soon as possible and there remains confidence they will start full works at some point in the second-half of this year.

But the Blues have today kick-started preliminary work as the club continue to press ahead with their ambitious plans for a new home which could open in 2024.

And as seen from the video above, and the images below, specialist firm Boskalis Maritime have sent a boat out onto the Mersey to carry out various checks on the Dock.

The team will also survey the bottom of the Dock and check for any unexploded devices as well as looking at the state of the Dock wall, ahead of the planned infilling.

Everton will be provided with the results of tests done on samples of the wall to understand how much needs preserving and how much preparatory work needs to be done before it is infilled.

The Blues, in conjunction with contractor Laing O'Rourke, have also instructed the team to carry out a survey of micro-biological organisms that may be attached to the Dock or living in the water.

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Engineers have also been on site today to recover panels and materials which were placed at Bramley-Moore Dock to help fully understand the climate of the plot by the Mersey.

The findings will also help the club update their extensive heritage plan for the site, with them having received planning permission from Liverpool City Council in February.

The government then chose not to intervene beyond reviewing the plans, and the club have since been working on fulfilling the conditions of their planning application.