The Cranes of Anfield

16.03.07 Anfield - 14What a beautiful day this Monday 7th March has been here in Liverpool? The kind of a day when a camera simply can’t go unused, even if just walking past things I’ve sort of got used to. Like the humungous new stand Liverpool FC are building between Walton Breck Road and Anfield Road.

I’ve arrived deliberately early for a meeting I’m having with the Beautiful Ideas Co. Partly so I can take some pictures, but also allowing time for me to call in at Homebaked. Where its good to see Cathy Alderson, usually just in for match days and street markets. And also good to have a Mushroom Stroganoff pie for my healthy social enterprise lunch! Lunch over I go outside to take the pictures.

Now normally I have some concerned words to say about Liverpool FC. Words like prevaricating, blighting and exploitation. But today we’ll let all that temporarily alone, because I’m here to rejoice in the engineering.

As you’ll know if you’ve been around this blog for a while I’m a big fan of giant cranes. So today I’m in for a treat.

Too giant to all fit into the same photograph from this close.

Too giant to all fit into the same photograph from this close.

This orange one reaching all the way up to the sky.

This orange one reaching all the way up to the sky.

The stand is coming on quickly now.

The stand is coming on quickly now.

This will add 8,500 seats to this end of the ground.

Taking the stadium's capacity to over 50,000.

Taking the stadium’s capacity to over 50,000.

But see that red thing the yellow crane is lifting up?

There's someone in it.

There’s someone in it.

Being winched up to work.

Being winched up to work.

Look.

Look.

Almost there.

Almost there.

While I’m taking these photos someone whose just been brought down in that cage passes me on the way to have his lunch (not at Homebaked, though many of his colleagues do come in). He tells me I’d soon get used to it and how brilliant the views are. Yesterday there was snow on the hills beyond St Helens. And today they’re really grateful because it’s so still.

I’d appreciate a look at those views, but I think I can live without being swung around in the wind in that cage.

Walking on, I never forget where all this space has come from.

Walking on, I never forget where all this space has come from.

People’s homes. Just some of the gone streets of Anfield.

But purely as engineering...

But purely as engineering…

What a spectacle.

What a spectacle.

The grace of the giant cranes.

The grace of the giant cranes.

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Into the blue.

I’ve done nothing with these photographs by the way. These are the precise colours of Anfield around 1:30pm today.

Soon the cranes will be gone and the remaining streets won't miss them.

Soon the cranes will be gone and the remaining streets won’t miss them.

But for a while they have changed the Anfield sky.

But for a while they have changed the Anfield sky.

Arriving at the Lodge in Stanley Park for my meeting with Nicola Higham from the Beautiful Ideas Co. We’re here to talk empty homes and what we might help do about some of them around Anfield.

So for now it's goodbye to the beauty of the engineering.

So for now it’s goodbye to the beauty of the engineering.

More about the LFC ground extension and lots more pictures of cranes here at the Liverpool Echo.

 

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