Demolition works are underway in Anfield as part of plans to revamp an area surrounding Liverpool FC’s stadium.
Liverpool City Council’s vision for Walton Breck Road includes new shops, commercial premises, homes and apartments.
Scores of derelict buildings will be demolished or rebuilt as part of the regeneration with the road narrowed to create wider pavements and make it more pedestrian-friendly.
The work, which also includes the creation of new outdoor spaces and a new hotel, is to be carried out in phases over the next three years, with the first phase comprising demolitions, planned acquisitions of commercial and mainly vacant residential property, and business relocations.
The current demolition of two blocks at Venice and Vienna Street intersects with Walton Breck Road and is expected to be finished by March.
The council is in discussions with existing businesses about future opportunities and is working with businesses and other organisations to ensure there is minimum disruption.
It’s hoped that eventually the changes will attract new business and investment to the area.
Work on Liverpool FC’s flagship store on the high street has already begun and is scheduled to complete in July 2017, creating 60 permanent and casual roles.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, deputy mayor of Liverpool, says: “We are not there yet but this is a massive step forward for the Anfield regeneration project and an important day for the community.
“We’ll be creating a new modern high street fit for the 21st century, with roads being narrowed and green corridors from the stunningly beautiful Stanley Park, right the way through to Robson Street.”
Pete Swift, managing partner at Planit-ie who helped design the new high street, adds: “At the start of the Anfield Regeneration Partnership the rejuvenation of the high street was identified as a key project, so this is the start of the realisation of those plans – to rebuild an entire high street next to one of the most famous football clubs in the world.”