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Over the last few months, the Main Stand redevelopment at Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium has continued at pace, with completion expected during the 2016/17 Premier League season.

KSS have been working in partnership with Jacobs and Planit on the design, which is keeping the traditional four stand configuration of Anfield. The existing Main Stand seating tier will be retained with new middle and upper tiers under construction.

The first major milestone was reached in July 2015, with the lifting of the 650 tonne roof truss, and in recent weeks the upper tier concrete terrace has been completed.

The expanded stand will enable more fans to experience the unique atmosphere at Anfield and become a part of the famous ‘Anfield Roar’.

Once complete, the Main Stand will become one of the largest all-seater single stands in Europe’s top flights, with over 20,000 fans creating a sea of noise, Anfield’s very own ‘Red Wall’.

Next season will mark another exciting chapter for the Club’s spiritual home, a ground laced in the fabric of football folklore and a beacon not only for the city of Liverpool, but for the whole of English football.

Leading design consultancy 20.20 is ensuring that Liverpool Football Club can still offer a unique hospitality space this season, while the current facilities are being upgraded, with 20.20’s leisure design specialists having created a temporary marquee to accommodate up to 600 people during the redevelopment of the world-famous stadium. 

Catering for hospitality season ticket holders and corporate fans, the marquee is made up of six spaces, which all celebrate different facets of one of the world’s greatest football clubs.

Although it is a temporary building, the creative team want to ensure the spaces feel anything but.

Michael Artis, Director of Leisure at 20.20, said:

We’ve created a series of premium lounges utilising the unique proportions this structure brings. 

We’ve also been able to re-claim and re-use existing fixtures and artefacts from the old stand, which will help to integrate the authenticity and prestige of Anfield in the spaces.

The new temporary structure, which covers an area of 1,130m2, will remain open throughout the 2015/16 season.

Guests will be able to choose from a range of hospitality packages, from mid-range seated buffets to à la carte experiences. It also has full disabled access and is just a short walk from the current stand, next to the Main Stand redevelopment.

As well as Liverpool Football Club, 20.20’s high-profile leisure clients include Arsenal FC, Rank PLC and Whitbread.

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Image captions: Inside the new temporary hospitality suite.

 

Liverpool FC reveals £150m Anfield stadium expansion design plans

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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.