Liverpool Football Club’s ‘Big Lift’

The UK’s two largest cranes, the 77m-high AK680 and AK912, have lifted a 650-tonne, 140m long roof truss on to Liverpool Football Club’s (LFC) expanded Main Stand.

The cranes have previously operated on worldwide construction projects, including the London 2012 Olympic Park and Wembley Stadium in the UK.

The site has remained fully functional throughout construction, but grounds were shut for a single day as the ‘Big Lift’ took place. The giant cranes operated in tandem to raise the truss above the Main Stand’s new structure and complete one of the most complex parts of the build programme. The lift took place a day later than planned due to wind conditions but LFC’s construction partner, Carillion, remain on target to complete the expansion programme during the 2016-17 season.

The redeveloped stand will comprise three tiers with the existing lower tier re-profiled to accommodate a widened player tunnel, new team benches, media platform and wheelchair viewing positions.

LFC announced the redevelopment of the stadium in December 2014. The works will add around 8,500 seats, taking the Main Stand capacity to more than 20,000 and Anfield’s overall capacity to around 54,000.