Stanley Park set for £13m revamp in area around planned Liverpool FC stadium

Liverpool park to get major upgrade.

One of Britain’s most historic parks is being lined up for nearly £13m of landscape work in one of the biggest restoration jobs of its kind in the UK. Stanley Park in Liverpool will undergo a massive overhaul including planting, new footpaths, restoration of boundary walls and the building of a new lake. Two existing lakes will be restored and five Grade II-listed stone and cast-iron footbridges will be refurbished. A number of lodges will also be smartened up. “It’s a massive revamp of the park, from buildings to railings,” said a representative for Liverpool City Council. “Everything will get a makeover, but we are in the contracting process and so can’t say too much at present.” Liverpool Football Club is to build a 60,000-seat stadium in part of Stanley Park, and a requirement of the planning permission was the park’s restoration. The 45ha site in Anfield, designed by Edward Kemp and opened in 1870, is hailed by many as the city’s finest park, better even than the more famous Sefton Park. A grand terrace with expansive bedding schemes was once punctuated by fountains and a Grade II-listed conservatory. Liverpool City Council said the bidding process is expected to take another couple of months, and building dates have not yet been finalised.

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