Anfield Road reaches roof milestone


Anfield Road expansion update July 2022 Image: Liverpool FC

A significant milestone has been reached in the Anfield Road (UK) expansion project as the 300-tonne roof truss has been carefully lifted into place.

‘LFC’ stated that since September 2021, the construction work to bring 7,000 more supporters to Anfield has been taking shape impressively.

Anfield is a football stadium in Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England (UK), which has a seating capacity of 53,394, making it the seventh largest football stadium in England. It has been the home of Liverpool F.C. since their formation in 1892.

The Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club based in Liverpool, England (UK). The club competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Founded in 1892, the club joined the Football League the following year and has played its home games at Anfield since its formation.

‘LFC’ further stated that with 12 months left of the build, hitting this milestone was hugely important ahead of the 2022-2023 seasons, the last campaign during which ‘The Reds’ will play home games in front of 54,000 supporters.

Preparatory work started in May by building the two steel towers. Recently, the two 60ft haunches were lifted into place ready to sit on either side of the truss.

It took 30 skilled engineers around 12 hours during record-breaking temperatures to install the truss using two 600-tonne crawler cranes to take the heavy lifting. The cranes work together to perform the difficult maneuver, positioning it onto the haunches – one crane controlled any movement ‘forward and backward’ and the other controlled ‘side-to-side’ movement.

When it was all aligned, the cranes held it in position until it could be bolted in place. The towers, haunches and truss are connected by a total of 25,000 bolts.

Said Paul Cuttill, Vice-President (VP) of Stadium Operations at Liverpool Football Club, “We are delighted to see the roof truss lifted into place. This is one of the most challenging and complicated parts of the build. There has been a lot of planning involved and it took a few goes to get started due to the complexity of the lift. It’s a historical moment for the stadium and the club and a fantastic achievement. Huge thanks to the incredible team from our stadium and contractors to get this in place in record-breaking temperatures.”

This is the third major capital build project undertaken by the Liverpool Football Club in recent years, following the rebuild of the Main Stand in 2016 and the opening of the state-of-the-art AXA Training Centre in November 2020.

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