First look inside LFC’s new £50m Kirkby training base

Liverpool FC has released new images of how its £50 million training base in Kirkby will look.

The club has also given an update on the future of its current West Derby first team base.

LFC has confirmed that it will proceed with the redevelopment of its academy site in Kirkby and the neighbouring Eddie McArdle community playing fields.

The scheme will see the Reds’ first team and academy football training operations and facilities come together on one site in a new training campus.

The club says the redevelopment will provide world-class training facilities, including an elite performance centre for the first team and state-of-the-art training centre for its development squad teams.

The new 9,200 sqm training centre on LFC’s academy site creates a combined first team and under-23’s academy facility, along with new first-team pitches and parking within the site.

The facilities will incorporate two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites. There will also be dedicated TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation.

CGI impression of the first-team changing room

The project also includes the redevelopment of Knowsley Council’s Eddie McArdle community playing fields at Simonswood Lane.

Improvements include five upgraded football pitches, new changing rooms and associated facilities including car parking for 110 vehicles, a new pedestrian and cycle pathway, lighting and improved security.

The club has appointed building and civil engineering contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey, to deliver the project.

CGI impression of the atrium reception

Meanwhile, the club has also started the sales process for its existing first-team training ground in West Derby.

Outline planning consent has been obtained for Melwood, which could provide up to 160 family homes in the area.

Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at LFC, says: “Today (17 July) represents a significant milestone in the club’s history. We would like to thank Knowsley Council and local residents for their time and support throughout the planning stages of this project.

“Our aspiration to create a clear pathway for our young players through to the first team is an ambitious project. The site in Kirkby provides the ideal location for the new home of our elite performance centre and state-of-the-art training facility.

“The commitment to deliver this exciting project further demonstrates the continued investment by our owners and reinforces the identity of LFC as one of the top football clubs in Europe.”

Work is expected to start on the council’s community pitches in late July, with construction starting on LFC’s academy site in early October.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020.