Liverpool concerns over stadium designers

Liverpool are facing potential embarrassment after the American architectural firm who will build the club's new £300million stadium learned that a university stadium in Texas which the company is renovating has suffered a partial collapse, reports the Daily Mail.

The stadium seating at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth collapsed in a huge heap of steel and concrete on Friday, causing £7m worth of damage.

Engineers and planners from HKS, the Dallas firm which recently unveiled plans for Liverpool's new 71,000-seat stadium, launched an immediate investigation into the cause of the collapse. There were no injuries since the stadium was empty at the time.

HKS produced the original designs for Liverpool's arena which were rejected by co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett late last year when they ran £50m over budget. There was no immediate reaction from Liverpool FC to the news.

But after revising those plans, and beating off Manchester-based AFL's rival bid, the American company secured the £300m contract for the new ground in Stanley Park.

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