Liverpool FC's new training ground in Kirkby is beginning to take shape, as development work continues on the fundamental structure of the complex.
Steelwork for the new first team and U23s building is being erected, with the framework only a few weeks away from completion. There are more than 2,000 pieces of steel to erect, which have taken around 12 weeks to install. The framework contains approximately 520 tonnes of steel and has taken 2,166 crane lifts to move each piece into place.
Work has now moved on at pace, with almost 2,300 cubic metres of concrete and 30,000 tonnes of stone having been used so far to lay the groundwork for foundations of the training complex, swimming and hydrotherapy pools, car parks, footpaths, and the ground and first floor levels of the main training facility.
The foundations for the complex’s new swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool have already been completed, using around 400 cubic metres of reinforced concrete.
Taking more than 12 weeks to lay in total, concrete has started to be cast in four sections on the ground and first floor slabs of the first team and U23s building – 120 cubic metres has been poured to date to form the first sections of the ground floor, with a further 100 cubic metres used to create the first sections of the upper first floor level.
Next stages of development will see the first sections of external brickwork being laid, to add more detail and depth to the bones of the steel structure and bring the main building to life.
McLaughlin & Harvey, the club’s construction partner, began building work in summer 2018 and the development is expected to be finished in summer 2020.