Liverpool Football Club has officially binned plans to relocate to nearby Stanley Park
The announcement ends the hopes of both AFL and HKS which had both designed new stadiums for the club in the famous park.
Liverpool managing director, Ian Eyre, confirmed the club instead wanted to increase the capacity of Anfield from 45,276 to 60,000 in a redevelopment that will cost an estimated £150 million.
Eyre said: ‘Stanley Park is off the table unless there isn’t a solution here. We all believe there is a solution and we’re all working together to deliver that solution.’
Joe Anderson, Mayor of the city, described the redevelopment as a ‘crucial element of the development of the whole city that we regenerate north Liverpool - and I am determined to make that happen and move it on.’
The decision to remain at Anfield seems to draw a line under controversial plans for the club to move to Stanley Park, where first architects AFL, and then HKS, both drew up plans for a new stadium.
AFL’s initial plans for a 60,000 seater stadium at Stanley Park, which would have cost around £300 million, were proposed more than a decade ago.
The AFL plans were scrapped and replaced by those drawn up by American firm HKS after former chairmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett took over the club five years ago.
New owner’s John W Henry and the Fenway Sports Group were reported to be reverting to the original AFL plans, which had already been approved by Liverpool City Council, earlier this year.