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HKS reveals complete overhaul of AFL's designs for Liverpool FC

Texan practice HKS Architects and its UK-based cousin, Ryder HKS, have unveiled designs for Liverpool Football Club's new home.

The images, submitted for planning today, show a complete overhaul of the original proposals first drawn up by north-west practice Atherden Fuller Leng (AFL).

If given the green light, HKS' new stadium in Stanley Park - a stone's throw away from Liverpool's existing Anfield Stadium and arch rival Everton's Goodison Park - will have an original capacity of 60,000 supporters, which will increase to 78,000 in later years.

AFL's bowl-like designs were for a fixed 60,000-seat stadium, and were granted planning approval with work set to start on the site. But the practice was later kicked-off the scheme when Liverpool FC's new American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, decided they wanted a bigger stadium.

The club's chief executive Rick Parry said: 'HKS have a wealth of experience and have fused a very contemporary and unique vision together with the values that are crucial to Liverpool Football Club.

'A critical design consideration was to ensure the stadium sat naturally within its park environment, complementing its surroundings, and a huge amount of work has been done to ensure this happens.

'The asymmetric design sets it apart from other new stadia, as it is a clear move away from what is becoming the traditional bowl model. It recognises and makes reference to the fact that English football grounds were historically asymmetric,' he added.

If the plans are given the go-ahead, Liverpool will be playing at their new home by 2010.

by Richard Vaughan

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