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Stanley Park given go ahead


Liverpool Football Club was finally given the go ahead to build its new 60,000-capacity stadium at Stanley Park this week. The six-year-old design by architect Atherden Fuller Leng's (AFL) was shelved when the club struggled to secure funding for the new venue.

However, following the club's take over by a US business consortium in March, construction on the £215M stadium is set to start in July and be completed in time for the 2009/10 season. The club was given planning permission last year subject to finding the funds to build it, which have now been provided by the new owners (NCE 14 September 2006).

A review of the original design is under way by US architect HKS and consulting engineer Sinclair Knight Merz. The contract to build the stadium will go out later this month, with Laing O'Rourke a front-runner, having already worked on the project.

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