Countdown to Christmas: Day 8 – FA Parklife

Day 8 of our 10 year celebration/countdown to Christmas and today we are taking a look at the multi-award winning project that is FA Parklife. A programme of works completed by Kier Construction and funded by Liverpool City Council, in partnership with the Football Foundation, Football Association and Sport England to create four football hubs across Liverpool.

The award-winning projects, spread over 4 separate sites, were delivered concurrently, on time and to budget, with extensive stakeholder and end user engagement being key to the success of the scheme. The collaborative relationship between the contractor and various stakeholders resulted in an 87% client satisfaction score with one Project Manager overseeing four project teams to ensure consistency and a continuous point of contact for the client.

At the North West Regional Construction Awards, FA Parklife was awarded Project of the Year, Sub-Regional Project of the Year and the Value Award.

The project also had the honour of winning ‘Special Project of the Year’ at the 2019 Constructing Excellence National Awards. An unbelievable achievement!

Early footfall across each site has surpassed all client expectations with over 40,000 registrations and 150,000 visits in the first six months of operation.

Project Description
Each site features the installation of 3 floodlit, full size, 11 a-side pitches, capable of being sub-divided into smaller pitches, using the latest 3G artificial grass. The site located at Jericho Lane also includes the provision of a full-size floodlit Rugby Union pitch. The facilities include modular team changing pavilions and fitness centres, together with the construction of modular building extensions linked to the existing, traditionally built pavilions.

Extensive Social Value
Through delivery of the works, the client, Liverpool City Council, saw a significant social return on investment which included:
• £16.6m social value generated with 95p SROI for every £1 spent
• 9 new jobs created
• 130 apprentice weeks and 11 work experience placements
• 21 community engagement events
• 18 education and curriculum/ careers advice events

“The programme of work had its challenges but it was the working together
as one large team regardless of organisations that ensured the success
of such a large capital project with numerous stakeholder groups. These
projects are instrumental to Liverpool and play a big part in the grass roots
football development of the city and the football communities.”

Mike Kearney- Head of Sports and Recreation, Liverpool City Council

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