LFC plans for new Hillsborough plaque

Upgrades are to be made around Anfield stadium including the refurbishment of installations commemorating those involved in the Hillsborough tragedy.

Liverpool FC has lodged plans with the city council to make changes to areas around its historic stadium, including the memorial garden to remember the loss of 97 fans in 1989. As part of the arrangements put forward, a new plaque will be installed in the area in the shadow of the Main Stand, commemorating Hillsborough survivors.

CGI images have been drawn up to show how the finished designs would look.

A covering letter for the application, put together by Ryan & May, said, “The scheme proposes installation of one large bronze plaque embossed with the club’s crest and an inscription commemorating the Hillsborough survivors. It will be placed at the foot of one of the existing benches in the memorial garden which will be refurbished with a new wooden seat and backrest; a new inscription will also be engraved into the stone plinth supporting the bench.”

The documents said existing concrete setts would be removed to enable the plaque to be inset within the existing groundworks ensuring a flush finish, with setts replaced and made good. The letter added how the upgrades would add to the existing artwork in place at Anfield.

It said, “The proposals have been designed as further extension of the artworks and interactive public realm around the stadium, complementing the various statues, fan personalisation and memorial garden that help to draw visitors to Anfield on non-match days.”

The decision to relocate the Hillsborough Memorial to a specifically designed area at the back of the new Main Stand was taken following discussions with the families of the 97 fans who lost their lives 34 years ago. Planning permission was first granted for the scheme back in 2014 when the stand was first put forward to be expanded.

Built in 2016, the area now known as 97 Avenue, is one of the busiest areas on match days and outside fixtures. It was renamed in 2021 following the death of Andrew Devine, who was deemed to be the 97th fan unlawfully killed in the tragic disaster in Sheffield.

A date has yet to be confirmed for the plans to go before Liverpool Council’s planning department to be approved.

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