The Anfield Project
Since October 2012, The Anfield Project has been transforming the community that sits in the shadow of Liverpool Football Club’s world famous Anfield Stadium. The £260 million scheme is being carried out as a partnership between Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Football Club and Your Housing Group.
A key element of the scheme has been the expansion of the football stadium to a capacity of 54,000 by building a new main stand; this £120 million project completed in August 2016, along with a new public square. An expanded football club shop will open in summer 2017 as part of a new high street, whilst on the western side of Anfield Square, a new £10 million training hotel is to be built.
Bringing together the private and public sectors to revitalise one of Liverpool’s most famous neighbourhoods
The Project has also seen £36 million being invested in local housing in the surrounding terraced streets and areas. Anfield and Rockfield villages have seen over 300 homes refurbished, including bringing many former derelict terraces back into use as highly sought after family homes. Some 238 substandard and derelict properties have been demolished, whilst Keepmoat plc are over two thirds of the way through delivering 600 new mixed tenure homes. Anfield Sports and Community Centre has been refurbished, and a new health centre and school have been built and opened. Stanley Park has also undergone a major programme of improvements.
In the next two years there are more plans to regenerate the high street, Walton Breck Road, with brand new shops, commercial premises, homes and apartments. The road will be narrowed to create wider, tree-lined pavements and make it more pedestrian-friendly with areas which could accommodate temporary markets or retail units, as well as facilities for community events.