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25/04/2014

Anfield stadium expansion plans underway

Words: Helen Bird
Liverpool FC expansion plans

Plans are underway to expand Liverpool Football Club's stadium, which supports the wider Anfield area regeneration led by Liverpool City Council.

The plans aim to deliver an expanded stadium and improved public realm space around it.
 
Planning consultancy Turley is advising the club on its proposed plans, which include the redevelopment of the main stand, which could add an additional 8500 seats and take its capacity to almost 21,000.
 
 
The main stand will open onto a wide public concourse linking the stadium into the wider Anfield area.
 
The Anfield Road stand will also be expanded, according to outline proposals, with an expected capacity increase of around 4800 seats.
 
 
The scheme will also include a two-storey podium and specially designed cloister, which will house the Hillsborough Memorial.
 
Ian Ayre, managing director at Liverpool FC, said: "As part of our proposed stadium redevelopment project, we have unveiled the detail of our ambitious plans for an expanded main stand and Anfield Road stand and are embarking on a consultation process, which will shape and inform our planning application.
 
"In order to move forward with our expansion plans we need the support of the community, local home owners, businesses and other key stakeholders. This consultation exercise is an important part of this process," he added.
 
Anfield stadium expansion
 
Sam Ryan, project director at Turley, said: "The scheme will deliver a huge range of benefits, both for the club, in terms of increased capacity and modern facilities and, for the fans, an improved spectator experience.
 
"The expansion brings significant economic benefits, both to the region and to the city and will provide the catalyst to further regeneration of the Anfield area."
 
If consent is granted, construction work on the proposed main stand could begin early next year and could be complete in time for the 2016-17 season. 

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