Liverpool have passed another major checkpoint in their Anfield Road expansion project after lifting the 282-tonne roof off
Liverpool have passed a major checkpoint in their Anfield Road expansion project after lifting the 282-tonne roof off this week.
Work has been ongoing on the site since the last game of the season at Anfield against Aston Villa on May 20 and new images and footage, released on Thursday, have detailed the progress up close as the club enter the final stages of the process.
The £80m development work started in late September 2021 following a ‘groundbreaking’ ceremony on the site when Jurgen Klopp put the first spade in the turf to officially begin the project.
And having developed at pace during that time, Liverpool have now entered the final weeks of the rebuild as they get set to open the new stand in time for the start of the new Premier League season in August.
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Liverpool have requested to play the first fixture of the new term away from home but the project remains on schedule as Anfield gets ready to allow 61,000 through the turnstiles from next season onwards.
The removal took one week in total with as many as 75 engineers working around the clock to carefully break down the roof into processed recycling.
“An extremely difficult part of the build, this operation involved two large cranes which needed to be built on the pitch,” say Liverpool. “One 500tonne and one 600tonne did the heavy lifting, supported by two 300tonne cranes and 700tonnes of ballast which provides stability to the large cranes.
“The pitch went through rigorous testing last year at Anfield and AXA Training Centre, in order to prepare for this demolition and to factor in full recovery time. Part of the turf is heavily protected for the cranes and supporting vehicles to travel on.”