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Liverpool FC has revealed designs for two new concourses in the expanded Main Stand, giving fans a glimpse of the state-of-the-art facilities they can look forward to next season.

The KSS-designed concourses celebrate Liverpool fans and their passion for the Club with artwork taking inspiration from the scarves and flags held high when the Reds play. Throughout the new space, the history of the Club is reflected in wall graphics displaying the most famous moments in the Club’s illustrious past.

Another unique feature includes a central seating area with some of the original 1906 seating incorporated into the new break out spaces offering a permanent reference to the existing stand. The Main Stand boundary wall, built even before football was played at Anfield, will also be recognised in its original location through a permanent tribute.

Both the colour scheme and materials have been inspired by Anfield’s architecture and the city of Liverpool honouring its industrial and maritime heritage.

The new concourses will be the biggest at Anfield and will be open to all fans with a ticket for the Main Stand providing fantastic new facilities for fans to enjoy in the largest all-seater stand in Europe.


Images courtesy: Liverpool FC/ KSS

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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.

Liverpool FC has selected Carillion as the preferred bidder to expand Anfield’s Main Stand and the associated public realm improvements.

Work on the project is expected to start later in 2014, subject to planning consent. It is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete and the construction costs are likely to be in the region of £75 million.

If planning permission is granted, the proposals would see the capacity of a new Main Stand rise by approximately 8,300, taking the overall capacity of Anfield to around 54,000.

Carillion will deliver the proposed project through an innovative programme that will mitigate the impact of the construction work by maintaining as much as possible of the existing main stand in operational use throughout the contract. Commenting, Carillion Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said:

I believe that being selected for this prestigious project reflects Carillion’s reputation for high standards of quality, Health and Safety and sustainability. We look forward to working closely with Liverpool Football Club to create new world-class facilities at its famous Anfield Stadium.

Carillion is the leading trainer of apprentices in its sector and on this contract Carillion has committed to provide placements for at least 50 apprentices.


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:, 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.