KSS is the architectural firm behind Liverpool FC’s stadium expansion design plans
photo credit: Liverpool FC/KSS Group
Liverpool FC has recently unveiled plans for a new-look Anfield stadium, which would see capacity rise by 13,300 seats, at a cost of £150m (US$252m/€182m).
The redevelopment of the historic Main Stand – designed by architectural firm KSS – will add an additional 8,500 seats, while the Anfield Road Stand will have an additional 4,800 seats installed, bringing the stadium’s total capacity to 58,800.
The Club is currently in consultation with local residents and fans (see: http://www.liverpoolfc.com/stadium/stadium-regeneration/welcome), with plans to submit a planning application to Liverpool City Council this summer. If permission is granted, work on the new Main Stand could commence in early 2015, with the project’s goal being to have it completed in time for the 2016-17 season.
The work is part of a larger £260m (US$436m/€316m) plan to transform the area around Anfield into a mixed-use leisure hub. Proposals include the creation of a wide avenue through the adjacent Stanley Park, which would lead onto a new public square/plaza area with a memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who tragically lost their lives in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. In addition, there would be a new primary school, health centre, 250 new homes, a 100-bedroom hotel, and a new business hub.
KSS are well versed in stadium design, having previously worked on such projects as the City of Manchester Stadium, Japan’s National Stadium, London 2012’s Olympic Stadium, and Tottenham FC’s proposed new stadium.
The Club is currently in the process of signing a construction deal with a developer, although nothing has yet been agreed.