July 18 – Premier League Liverpool who completed a rebuild of their Main Stand at Anfield two seasons ago, are now focussing their construction attention on the £50 million redevelopment of the club’s Academy site in Kirkby which the club has said will now go-ahead.
The scheme includes an expansion of the site into the neighbouring Eddie McArdle community playing fields, and will bring together Liverpool’s First Team and Academy football training operations on a single new training campus.
The new 9,200sqm training facilities will incorporate two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites. There will also be dedicated TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation.
Improvements include five upgraded football pitches, new changing rooms and associated facilities including car parking for 110 vehicles, a new pedestrian and cycle pathway, lighting and improved security.
The club’s famous Melwood training ground will be sold for a housing development.
Work is expected to begin on the Kirby site this month with completion in 2020.
Andy Hughes, Liverpool’s chief operating officer, said: “This is a major step forward for the club… Our aspirations to create a clear pathway for our young players through to the first team is an ambitious project. The site in Kirkby provides the ideal location for the new home of our elite performance centre and state-of-the-art training facility.”
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