Several long-awaited stadium construction projects, some of them delayed by the covid-19 pandemic, are either under construction or are moving closer to receiving the green light.
Liverpool FC – Anfield Road Stand
Stadium construction specialist Buckingham Group is building a 7,000-seat expansion of its Anfield Road stand. A total of 12 steel Y columns were installed in December 2021, as part of the £60m project. The new columns prevent weight being transferred to the existing stand and form a void underneath that will become an extended lower concourse area.
Work began in September 2021 and the project is expected to be ready for the 2023-24 season.
Everton FC – Bramley-Moore Dock stadium
Laing O’Rourke is building Everton FC’s new £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Last year, the water in Bramley-Moore Dock was displaced with more than 480,000 cu m of sand dredged from the Irish Sea, to create a bed on which the stadium can be built. That was followed by piling work for the foundations of the new stadium, with work on the super structure to start in spring/summer. The club is scheduled to move out of its Goodison Park home and into the new stadium for the start of the 2024-25 season. The 52,888-seater arena has been designed by architect Dan Meis.
Crystal Palace – Main Stand extension
Crystal Palace is due to start construction of an 8,000-seat extension to its Main Stand at Selhurst Park at the end of this year. The club got the planning green light for the £75m-£100m extension in 2018.
The project involves the demolition of six affordable homes. The club will have to build six replacement homes, five of which will be purchased by Croydon Council. A main contractor has not yet been appointed.
Forest Green Rovers FC – Eco Park Stadium
Forest Green Rovers is moving forward with plans to build a 5,000-seat timber stadium called Eco Park, after the scheme was given the green light by the English Football League early in 2021. The project has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Forest Green Rovers, previously Stroud FC, has been based at the New Lawn Stadium in Nailsworth since 2006. No start date for construction of Eco Park has yet been set.
Portsmouth FC – Milton End redevelopment
Work on an £11.5m extension to Portsmouth FC’s Milton End stand is to begin in 2023, with completion due in time for the 2024-25 season. The work will increase the stand’s capacity to 3,200 seats. The work is being undertaken by Cosham-based PMC Construction and Development Services.
Fulham FC – Riverside Stand
Buckingham Group is working to complete Fulham FC’s Riverside Stand, after work started in 2019 before being delayed by the covid-19 pandemic. The expanded stand will add 3,900 new seats, taking the stand’s total capacity to 8,650 and giving Craven Cottage an overall capacity of 29,600.
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