Credit: via planning documents

Liverpool’s £60m Anfield Road expansion to kick off next week 

Buckingham Group Contracting has been selected to carry out the project, which will see 7,000 seats added to the stand. 

The scheme will increase the capacity of Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium to 61,000, making it the third biggest ground in the Premier League behind Manchester United’s Old Trafford and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Buckingham will deliver the expansion throughout the season while games continue to be played. 

The redeveloped Anfield Road Stand is anticipated to be ready for the 2023-24 season. 

The lower tier is to be retained and refurbished with a new upper tier built above it. As well as an increased capacity, the redeveloped stand will feature improved concourses and hospitality facilities. 

The decision to start the project follows a period of public consultation on how best to carry out the work. 

Andy Hughes, managing director of Liverpool FC, said: “We have been clear from the beginning that in order for this expansion to go ahead we needed the cooperation of local residents and the community to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape, and to ensure the project is financially viable.  

“We needed certainty for this project to progress and are now in a position to be able to move forward.” 

The £60m project was given planning permission by Liverpool City Council in June. The club also awarded permission to hold up to six concerts and major events at the stadium over five seasons. 

KSS is the scheme’s architect, with Turley advising on planning. Planit-IE is the landscape architect.

Liverpool FC had originally anticipated that the project would complete in time for the 2022/23 season, but it was put on hold due to the pandemic.

The club announced it was reviving the scheme last December, saying that the absence of supporters in stadia had reaffirmed the club’s desire to expand. 

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West Ham’s ground is also bigger (66k) making Anfield the 4th biggest ground in the league after the expansion.

Other than that Jurgen’s combine trophy-harvesting machine rolls on!

By Kloppoholic

So Everton are spending hundreds of millions of pounds (and swallowing up the £40m Liverpool borough’s available city region economic boost funding) and it’s not even going to be the biggest in the city.

Is there anything from the Anderson era that this city will not have cause to regret??

By Jeff

Wonderful news for the city’s tourism industry.

By Sceptical

One stadium holding 61000, the other nearly 53000, this means more visitors to the city and therefore more hotel rooms.
By the way the £40m is being offered for the Everton project by Steve Rotheram, and is nothing to do with Joe Anderson.

By Anonymous

Everton are incurring significant additional costs in relation to preserving the heritage associated with Bramley Moore Dock. It is only fair they receive assistance with this from LCR. Both stadium developments will add to this regions offer. Both clubs should consider developing hotels next to their respective stadiums and therefore retain the profits from them.

By David

Jeff i think you miss the point its not always capacity that matters thats rather shallow supporter rhetoric . The Everton stadium will attract world class status for the overall amazing new stadium but the real show stopper is the location on the banks of the Mersey . Imagine a night game , huge cruise liner at the new cruise liner terminal next door , the stadium illuminated and broadcast around the world . It will be fantastic for the city

By Paul M - Woolton

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