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Liverpool FC unveil plans for new £50 training complex at Kirkby

Outline area of the planned new training ground at Kirkby



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Liverpool FC and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) have announced joint plans for a proposed redevelopment of the Reds’ Academy site in Kirkby, including improvements for local residents and the community playing fields at Simonswood Lane.

A public consultation is being held next month for local residents and businesses to discuss the proposed plans in more detail.

LFC’s vision is to bring its first team and Academy football training operations and facilities together on one site. The £50m proposal includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the Academy and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch.

As part of the proposed masterplan, KMBC is leading on proposals to provide new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to the area, working closely with local football teams, including Kirkby AFC. The much-needed upgrade to the pitches will be able to support the highest level of amateur football matches with new changing facilities and car park.

The surrounding area will also see improvements which include new dog-walking and cycling paths, new lighting and improved security with a CCTV system. To enable the proposals to go ahead, LFC will need to purchase additional land immediately adjacent to the Academy site and close part of Moss Lane between Simonswood Lane and Arbour Lane.

The public consultation will be held on Wednesday March 8 at Northwood Community Centre (Gilescroft Avenue, Northwood, Kirkby, L33 9TW) from 2pm GMT until 8pm and will be open to local residents and the wider community. Residents will have the opportunity to view the proposed plans, speak with members of the project team and leave their feedback.

As part of the wider plans, LFC is also proposing a redevelopment of the club’s existing first-team training ground at Melwood. This proposed development could provide around 160 family homes in West Derby and newsletters have been posted to local residents to seek their feedback on the proposals.

Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at Liverpool FC, said: “Our proposed plans to bring the first team and young players together in one location is a really exciting proposition. The scheme includes state-of-the-art facilities which will be used to support the development of our players and provides all-weather training options.

“We are also working closely with Knowsley Council on plans to make substantial improvements for the local community. These include new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to support grass roots and amateur football teams, and developments to the surrounding areas for local residents.

“We recognise that Melwood has played a significant role in the club’s success and forms an important part of our history. However, the Melwood site is limited in space and is unable to accommodate our longer-term ambitions, which is why we are exploring options on the Academy site.

“We are encouraging our neighbours and local residents in Kirkby to attend to the public consultation to see the proposals first hand.”

Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Cllr Graham Morgan, added: “We have been working closely with Liverpool Football Club and the local community to develop these plans for the site on Simonswood Lane in Kirkby.

“As well as developing the LFC Academy site, the plans include proposals to provide new and improved football pitches and sports facilities for local teams and the community.

“I would encourage local residents and businesses to come along to the public consultation event to find out more and give their opinions. That feedback will then be used as part of the planning process in due course.”

Mike Pugh, secretary of Kirkby AFC, said: “Kirkby AFC supports and welcomes the proposals for the enhanced sports facilities at Simonswood Lane.”

Representatives from Liverpool FC and KMBC as well as experts in planning, construction and transport, will be available at the public consultation to answer questions.
 

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LFC confirms stadium accessibility plans for 2017-18 season

This latest news follows last week’s announcement that LFC plans to make further improvements to Anfield’s provision for disabled supporters ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The plans include:


  • Significant redevelopment work at Anfield starting at the end of the 2016-17 season

  • Over 250 wheelchair positions to be available for disabled supporters

  • Improved viewing positions for visiting disabled supporters

  • New raised disabled bays in the Centenary Stand for home disabled supporters

  • Around 1,000 general admission seats impacted by the redevelopment

  • Works planned to be completed for start of 2017-18 season

Despite the historic structure of the stadium, the club has made an incredible amount of progress at Anfield over the past five years by listening to fans with disabilities and developing the areas that are important to them.

LFC were recently ranked the top Premier League club in the VisitFootball accessibility assessment, which looks at the experience and service provided to disabled supporters, for the fourth year running.

The club has now committed to these new plans by working closely with the official Liverpool Supporters’ Committee and Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA).

The redevelopment work will increase the number of wheelchair bays from 195 to over 250 positions, and add over 150 extra amenity and easy access seats around Anfield Stadium. The works include substantial improvements for away disabled supporters, who for the first time will be seated in the away section. The structural improvements will also include creating new lift shafts, removing structural walls, recasting ramps to more accessible gradients and converting lounge space into raised disabled seating areas.

As a result of these plans, 1,000 general admission seats will be displaced, and the club is committed to mitigating the seat loss as well as working with those season ticket holders who are impacted to find an alternative seat.

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The inside of the the stand still hasn't been completed - the players are still getting changed in portacabins inside the stand - the unfinished work can be seen here:

Inside Anfield: LFC 2-1 Burnley | TUNNEL CAM & GOALS

 

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Can't stress this enough, but if Liverpool ever want to expand the Kop, we MUST divert Walton Breck Road NOW before all these new houses get built on the derelict land!

Now's the prefect time to do it as it would be easy enough to divert the drainage runs.

The Council need to retract the planning permission they gave to the developers and realign the proposed High Street as highlighted yellow below.

Something I've been working on for quite a while, started off modelling the Kop then ended up modelling the whole stadium, still a work in progress but got capacity at 108,000 so would definitely be the biggest football stadium in the world!


















The old alignment of Walton Breck Road could be pedestrianised and the expanded Kop would bridge over it creating a two storey undercroft with chippy's, bars and shops, The Albert, The Park and restaurants, accessed from both ends and also from the front





A 30,000 all seater Kop! 40,000 with safe standing it were ever allowed! The two ball's flanking each side of the Kop would be lit up to look like a footballs with the scoreboard and time etc around the equator - NO TV SCREENS!

I see the corners being fully utilised as hotels rooms with viewing balconies / VIP / Hospitality vv/ bars / rooftop restaurants.

No one corner the same, each unique







Kop / Centenary corner




Anfield Road / Centenary corner - with TV studios, VIP terrace around roof supports, hotel balconies / hospitality etc.





Anfield Road / Main Stand corner - filled in at the lower, VIP boxes & terraces / bars / Hospitality




Kop / Main Stand corner - seem to be missing some seats on the top tier facing the pitch on the skew so capacity of this cathedral could be a massive 110,000 all seater!

Again, Bars / Hospitality / Hotel with balconies / rooftop restaurant in the corner




I've modelled the existing Main Stand of the planning drawings and added another 10 rows to the top and also the obvious 45° seats facing the halfway line. The 4No corner roof supports would all be new and would work together, meaning the existing Main Stand truss would have to be modified and extended at either end (or a new one)

The expansion of the Centenary Stand would mean LFC would need to buy all the properties on Skerries Road and all the properties on the north side of Wylva Road, although I see the expansion of the Centenary to be the last stand to be done as i'm pretty sure most of these houses have just been renovated - one for further down the road



An old photo off Google Maps, but the Kop is ripe for expansion right now. In a couple of years it's going to be too late and there will be new houses built on all that derelict land and we will have missed the boat to divert the road. We need foresight; think about what's required and futureproof the area for that eventuality. It pains me to think there's no one in the planning department in Liverpool City Council who has sat down and seriously thought about this. No one obviously has because Planit are doing the masterplanning according to the same road layouts. What's going to happen after you've just spent £50 million on the new high street and landscaping the surrounding area and Liverpool come out and say they want to expand the Kop!? That's going to go down like a lead balloon in the council offices.
People are going to say:
"Why didn't we think about this before we spent £50million on the new high street?"
"Why wasn't the future expansion of the Kop taken into consideration?"
"Why didn't you see this coming!?"



Divert Walton Breck Road now while we still have the chance!!

FUTUREPROOF THE EXPANSION OF THE KOP NOW!!


 

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It's been raised and rejected, the American investment business has no interest in developing the stadium. The sites, buildings and plots along Walton Breck Road are already sold or allocated with mortgages and debt associated with them. To do that now would cost £ millions buying these mortgages!

The council were willing but ran out of patience with the American investment business.

I like your ambition though, Liverbird!
 

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^^

The link mentioned above:

Exclusive: Liverpool FC to announce Anfield Road extension plans later this year

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Liverpool FC are finalising plans for phase two of Anfield’s overall stadium development, with the expansion of the Anfield Road End taking the capacity of the stadium to around 61,000

  • Announcement expected this summer
  • Club have been considering 3 proposals
  • Work will begin after new training ground is complete next year

Phase one of Anfield’s redevelopment saw the Main Stand increase the famous stadium’s capacity to just over 54,000, with work being completed last season.

Next, the proposed phase two – which the club have outline planning permission for as part of their original planning application in April 2014 – will add a further 7,000 additional seats.

That new capacity of around 61,000 would make Anfield the second biggest club stadium in the country behind Old Trafford – although Manchester City have plans to expand their stadium to a similar size and Tottenham‘s new White Hart Lane will hold 62,000.

Liverpool have had three designs drawn up, with the final design to be revealed later in 2018 – most likely in the summer.

The new stand, which will see Anfield Road itself closed off, will be the same height as the new Main Stand and from the outside will aesthetically look the same with a three-tier design. Plans include an external podium similar to the Main Stand and large glass windows.

Away fans will be housed on the other side of the stand, nearer to the Kenny Dalglish stand and therefore where visiting coaches arrive into Arkles Lane.

The club will complete the new training complex at Kirkby, with work there due to start imminently, before beginning construction of the new Anfield Road End.

The £50 million training ground expansion is set to be completed in 2019, with a roadmap for the Anfield Road End seeing its completion in 2021.

That would be a similar timeframe as the Main Stand, which saw construction begin in December 2014 and conclude just in time for the 2016/17 season.

The last official word from the club regarding the expansion of the Anfield Road End was in December when CEO Peter Moore told Sky Sports: “We totally get what we need to do. We’re going to do what we did with the Main Stand as an operating group, which is look at what we need to do in a measured manner.”

Last April, Andy Hughes, Liverpool’s chief operating officer, explained that: “We always said that we would complete the Main Stand and assess its success before looking at any development for Anfield Road.

“Our outline planning consent expires in August 2019 and we will follow the same robust process for Anfield Road as we did for the Main Stand.

“We are currently working up design, feasibility, cost, capacity and economic viability options. Only once we have completed this comprehensive process and come to a conclusion will it be the right time to move forward with any development programme.”

You can therefore expect an announcement on the new plans before that August deadline.

There are no plans to expand either the Kop or the Kenny Dalglish Stand, or to ‘fill in’ the corners of the stadium – this is due to the external cantilever supports at each end of the Kop.
 

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Didn't the owners say if we got back into the champions league the new stand will start?
 

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They need to raise the roofline of both Annie Rd and The Kop to that of the Centenary Stand. Annie Road should be done when redeveloped, The Kop roofline will then need raising, perhaps added another couple of K onto the capacity if possible.
 

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They need to raise the roofline of both Annie Rd and The Kop to that of the Centenary Stand. Annie Road should be done when redeveloped, The Kop roofline will then need raising, perhaps added another couple of K onto the capacity if possible.

In other words, they should have just built the new stadium instead of ending up with one that looks like an architectural dogs dinner.:|
 

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In other words, they should have just built the new stadium instead of ending up with one that looks like an architectural dogs dinner.:|
Understandable on an architecture site, but I have noticed that there seems to be an obsession with clean lines and consistency here. Where English football stadiums are always more interesting and have more character when it IS a bit of a mishmash and mix of styles.

I think Anfield looks fantastic, with a great sense of scale and a pretty good mix of old and new. Am I right in saying the lower tier of the new Main Stand dates from 1906? I love that.
 
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