Liverpool FC unveils plans to redevelop Reds’ Academy site in Kirkby

WCN Editorial Team 24 Feb 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Liverpool Football Club and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) have unveiled plans for a proposed redevelopment of the Reds’ Academy site in Kirkby, England.

The £50M project involves the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the academy and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch.

The surrounding area will be redeveloped to include new dog-walking and cycling paths, new lighting and improved security with a CCTV system.

As part of the proposed masterplan, KMBC is leading on proposals to provide new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to the area, working closely with local football teams, including Kirkby AFC.

The club is also proposing the redevelopment of the existing first-team training ground at Melwood. The site could see the construction of around 160 family homes.  

Liverpool FC chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: “Our proposed plans to bring the first team and young players together in one location is a really exciting proposition. The scheme includes state-of-the-art facilities which will be used to support the development of our players and provides all-weather training options.

“We are also working closely with Knowsley Council on plans to make substantial improvements for the local community. These include new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to support grass roots and amateur football teams, and developments to the surrounding areas for local residents.”

A public consultation will be held on 8 March 2017.

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