Liverpool FC had confirmed today that the proposed Anfield Road stand expansion would move forward.
The redevelopment will add 7,000 seats to the Anfield stadium and increase the overall seating capacity to 61,000. The construction will take place this season, while regular fixtures will continue without interruption. An official ground-breaking ceremony is planned next week to start 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 co-operation of local residents and the community. To successfully navigate the complex planning landscape. And to ensure the project is financially viable.”
He further added saying,
“We needed certainty for this project to progress and are now in a position to be able to move forward. We began this journey in 2014 and are grateful to everyone for the contributions they have made to bring the project to this stage.”
The club took a two-stage public consultation for the initial plans, and the expansion plans got invaluable feedback. As a result, the expansion project will reroute Anfield Road itself around the footprint of the new stand.
How long will it take for complition of expanding the Anfield Road Stand
The Liverpool City Council gave the project planning permission in June 2021. The City Council also gave the club permission to hold up to six concerts and major events at the stadium for a period of six months.
Meanwhile, the fans might have to wait until the summer of 2023 to experience the view from the new seats. Thus, the fans will be eagerly waiting for the 2023-24 season.
Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd (Buckingham) is the principal contractor of the project. It will work directly with the club’s Red Neighbours initiative on a range of activities with the local community and schools in line with the club’s current activities across food poverty, education, and opportunities for young people, as well as taking the local community on the journey of the stand’s redevelopment.
Buckingham is committed to offering around 35 work placements and more than 800 apprentice and training weeks across the build. This is part of their work with local employment groups and education establishments to offer local people apprenticeships, graduate placements, employment, and employment.
The estimated employment created will be 400 matchday roles and 2,200 people currently employed in various operations at each home game. 95% of the total estimated employees will live in the Liverpool region only.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be on its way to West London to play against Benford this weekend.