HA Civils recently completed groundworks and public realm work on City Road in Everton for the arrival of the ‘Holy Trinity’ statue.
The statue consists of football players Howard Kendall, Alan Ball and Colin Harvey. They were known as the ‘Holy Trinity’ and regarded as the best midfield trio in England in the 1960s. The sculpture was created by Tom Murphy, who also created the Club’s statue of Dixie Dean.
The project spanned a couple of weeks and was broken down into many elements. Firstly the reconfiguration of the existing road layout, which included an extension of pavement into the road outside the Church of St Luke the Evangelist.
We then formed a concrete base for the statues to be fixed to and installed conservation kerbs and flags to the area around the statues. In order to reduce waste we reused the original cobbles/paving stones from the surrounding area. The re-used cobbles also were a reference to how the area looked when the trio played at the club.
Additionally, we helped with thermoplastic lining (creation of road markings) to accommodate the new road layout.
We worked closely with sub-contractors who installed the statue and assisted Everton Football Club with the unveiling. The families of the late Kendall and Ball were in attendance at the unveiling of the statue. The remaining player of the trio Colin Harvey also attended the unveiling ceremony. He said about the statue “It’s very unusual to have a statue done of you while you’re still alive. It’s a fantastic feeling and a fantastic sculpture.”