Liverpool FC has confirmed that it will proceed with the redevelopment of its Academy site in Kirkby.
The scheme will see the Reds’ first team and Academy football training operations and facilities come together on one site in a new training campus.
The KSS-designed project will provide the club with world-class training facilities, including an elite performance centre for the first team and state-of-the-art training centre for its development squad teams.
The new 9,200m2 training centre on LFC’s Academy site creates a combined first team and U23 Academy facility, each of which has their own identity, along with new first-team pitches and parking within the site.
The facilities will incorporate two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites. There will also be dedicated TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation.
The club has appointed building and civil engineering contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey, to deliver the project.
The project also includes the redevelopment of Knowsley Council’s Eddie McArdle community playing fields at Simonswood Lane.
Improvements include five upgraded football pitches, new changing rooms and associated facilities including car parking for 110 vehicles, a new pedestrian and cycle pathway, lighting and improved security.
The new changing facilities on site will include six separate team changing rooms, coaches’ changing room and a social room for team and community use.
The community will also benefit from improved pitches, which will also be reconstructed with improved drainage.
The club has also started the sales process for its existing first-team training ground. Melwood has played a significant role in Liverpool’s history, but the site is limited in terms of space and is unable to accommodate the Reds’ new combined training facility.
Outline planning consent has been obtained for the site, which could provide up to 160 much-needed family homes in the area.
Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at LFC, said:
Today represents a significant milestone in the club’s history. We would like to thank Knowsley Council and local residents for their time and support throughout the planning stages of this project.
This is a major step forward for the club and we’re proud to be investing in the Knowsley area. Our aspiration to create a clear pathway for our young players through to the first team is an ambitious project. The site in Kirkby provides the ideal location for the new home of our elite performance centre and state-of-the-art training facility.
The commitment to deliver this exciting project further demonstrates the continued investment by our owners and reinforces the identity of LFC as one of the top football clubs in Europe.
The scheme will not only provide first-class facilities for our players and staff, but also help create quality sports facilities for the community of Kirkby to enjoy.
Work is expected to start on the council’s community pitches in late July, with construction starting on LFC’s Academy site in early October.
The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
CGI impressions of the first-team changing room, atrium and gymnasium.