Liverpool has confirmed the appointment of Rayner Rowen Construction to deliver the final stages of building work for the Anfield Road Stand redevelopment project at the English Premier League football club’s stadium.
The appointment was announced after Buckingham Group Contracting, the developer responsible for leading the redevelopment of Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, officially entered administration earlier this week.
Last month, Buckingham filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators due to losses on venue projects.
Buckingham had been overseeing the £80m (€99.5m/$100.4m) expansion of the Anfield Road stand, which will increase the stadium’s overall capacity by 7,000 seats to 61,000. On July 26, Liverpool announced that Anfield would operate at a reduced capacity for the opening games of the 2023-24 season due to delays in the delivery of the stand.
Liverpool confirmed in its latest announcement that for the club’s next three home matches, the upper tier of the new stand will remain closed.
“We have now taken control of the Anfield Road Stand construction site and have appointed Rayner Rowen Construction, along with a number of other contractors, to resume the final works on the project,” Liverpool stated.
“Work will begin now to fully assess the construction programme and Rayner Rowen will work swiftly with our internal team to produce a revised project completion programme, which will give us certainty on capacity and phasing.
“We will update on this revised completion programme as quickly as possible. In the meantime, some workers have returned to the site to continue some immediate works.”
The club added: “It is anticipated that the additional capacity at Anfield will be incrementally phased in after the next three home games. We do not expect any impact on the continued operation of the existing Anfield Road Stand, which has remained in use throughout the development so far.
“Working with Rayner Rowen Construction, we will seek to engage as many of Buckingham’s existing sub-contractors going forward as we are reasonably able to.”