Work set to start on Liverpool’s £50m training complex

Liverpool training ground

Work is set to start on Liverpool’s new £50m training ground complex.

North West building group Construction Partnership UK has been appointed to deliver new community sports facilities in Kirkby.

The club is redeveloping its Academy site in Kirkby to create its new combined training facility and the project includes upgrading Knowsley Council’s neighbouring Eddie McArdle community playing fields.

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

CPUK, which is based in Skelmersdale, has been awarded the design and build contract. As well as delivering the construction phase it is acting as principal designer.

The new changing room building will be delivered to site pre-finished. Once it is on site it will be assembled and connected.

Its facilities will include six separate team changing rooms, coaches’ changing rooms and a social room for team and community use.

The community will also benefit from upgraded pitches, which will also be reconstructed with improved drainage.

The footpath and cycle path, car park and pitches are expected to be completed later this year, with the new changing rooms being installed next summer when the grass on the pitches has established and is ready for use by local teams.

CPUK managing director Steve Burke said: “The upgraded playing fields will be a fantastic asset to the local community and we’re delighted to have been chosen to deliver the project.

“The high-quality pitches and the modern changing facilities are designed to encourage and support grassroots football in the area.

“The scheme forms part of a larger project which will see LFC build a new state-of-the-art training campus.

“We will be using the latest modular construction methods to deliver the changing block. Once the building is on site it will take our team four weeks to assemble, connect and test.”

The work on the playing fields at Simonswood Lane also includes the removal and replacement of a footbridge over the brook at the bottom of the site, a new circular footpath around the site and a cycle way and footpath.

CPUK Group is one of the North West’s leading independent building and civil engineering companies with an annual turnover of £50 million.

Founded in March 2000, the business operates from purpose-built headquarters at White Moss Business Park in Skelmersdale.