LFC Main Stand Celebration
Completion of Liverpool Football Club’s expanded Main Stand was marked through an official opening. Planit Partner Lindsay Humblet and Principal Landscape Architect Georgina Baines were honored to attend the event alongside a host of Liverpool Legends, including Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Ian St John; Owners, Fenway Sport; Manager Jürgen Klopp; and Liverpool’s first elected Mayor, Joe Anderson.
Celebrations continued throughout the weekend with fans and visitors flocking to Anfield to enjoy the first game of the season and see the Reds beat Premier League Champions Leicester City 4 – 1 – a fantastic start to a new era for the club.
The expansion plan originated from the Club’s desire to significantly increase capacity whilst remaining at Anfield; Liverpool Football Club’s physical and spiritual home. Enlargement of the Main Stand by KSS Architects has made it the largest capacity single stand in the country, increasing the number of seats from 12,200 to over 20,500. The existing lower tier retains general admission seats but also includes 1,600 new hospitality and box seats to the rear, whilst the new middle tier provides a further 3,200 hospitality seats and the new upper tier a further 8,000 general admission seats.
Building anticipation and heightening fan’s match-day experience has been a key consideration, but the Club also wanted to extend their influence to benefit the Anfield and Breckfield neighbourhoods. The new public realm, linking the stadium to Walton Breck Road to the south and the historic Stanley Park to the north, was designed by Planit-IE. 96 Avenue and Paisley Square provide an attractive environment for local resident’s everyday lives as well as accommodating match-day influxes. A commemorative garden for the relocated memorial has also been created at the heart of the ground in collaboration with the Hillsborough families.
The stadium’s redevelopment forms an integral role within Liverpool City Council’s ambitious £260m Anfield Regeneration Plan, which is being realised through a partnership with Your Housing Group and Liverpool Football Club – harnessing the momentum and wider regenerative benefits of investment in sport. A major residential improvement programme is already underway. The Council is also currently consulting the local community about their vision for extensive enhancement of Walton Breck Road, a new streetscene and public realm scheme by Planit-IE.
The stand is visible from miles around, making an impressive statement about the club’s revitalisation and its role in realising regeneration benefits for local communities.
Liverpool Football Club commissioned KSS Architects to design the expanded Main Stand, which has been constructed by Carillion. Jacobs acted as Engineer, Planit-IE as Landscape Architect, Turley Associates as Planning Consultants, Arcadis as Project Manager and Historic England was a critical stakeholder.