Walton Breck Road Revival

Liverpool City Council has unveiled its vision for the redevelopment of Walton Breck Road, which forms the latest phase of the Council’s ambitious £260m Anfield Regeneration Plan developed through a partnership with Your Housing Group and Liverpool Football Club.

The high street next to Anfield Stadium will provide a mix of brand new shops, commercial units, homes, apartments and public realm that balance the needs of the local community with an enhanced matchday experience for visiting football fans. Derelict buildings will be demolished or revamped, new leisure opportunities created, and provision made for independent retailers to encourage small-scale local businesses. Streetscape improvements include the narrowing of roads to create wider pavements, which are safer and more convivial to community –life. A generous tree-lined green spine spans the scheme, connecting Stanley Park to Everton Park via Robson Street, to create new community open space, play facilities and areas to accommodate temporary markets and community events.

The Walton Breck Road proposals form part of wider reaching changes that are collectively transforming the Anfield neighbourhood. World-class sporting facilities are being combined with enhanced residential provision, thriving community spaces and local amenities to realise social, economic and environmental renewal.

Liverpool Football Club’s main stand has recently been expanded and the associated public realm works and Hillsborough Memorial are nearing completion. During the last three years over 350 new homes have been constructed and over 300 refurbished, with derelict sub-standard properties being demolished. The Anfield Sports and Community Centre has been refurbished, a new health centre and school provided, and Planit-designed improvements to Stanley Park implemented.

Proposed and current redevelopment projects emanate from the Spatial Regeneration Framework, produced by Planit-IE and Turley to establish the vision for Anfield’s regeneration. The practice’s continued involvement in taking plot development parameters and design guidance forward into construction projects is extremely rewarding. We look forward to further developing the Walton Breck Road scheme proposals to maximise benefits to the local community.

Lasting change will be achieved through proposals that respond directly to real community needs and opportunities. The views of local residents’ and businesses are being sought via an exhibition held at the Isla Gladstone in Stanley Park from 11am – 4pm on Monday 5 and 4pm – 8pm on Tuesday 6 September. Detailed plans of the Walton Breck Road proposals will be available to view and comment upon.

Planit developed the Walton Breck Road scheme, building upon the Strategic Regeneration Framework completed in 2014, and more recently Hemingway Design’s 10 Ideas for Anfield. We worked on the LFC Stadium Expansion project with KSS Architects, Jacobs, Turley Associates and English Heritage, which has been constructed by Carillion. The Anfield Spatial Regeneration Framework was produced in collaboration with Turley Associates.