FA Parklife – Creating a sustainable model for football facilities in Liverpool
An ambitious programme consisting of four projects with a value of £19.4m was handed over to Liverpool City Council in October 2018, providing new facilities at key grassroots footballing locations across the city.
The football hubs were funded by Liverpool City Council, in partnership with The Football Foundation, Football Association and Sport England. The complex projects were delivered concurrently with NWCH Framework Partner, Kier who had their Project Manager, Wayne Blair, overseeing the delivery of all four, supported by individual site teams to ensure wholescale collaboration, consistency of product delivery and a ‘lessons learned’ approach to the benefit of the projects and client alike.
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.
The projects were delivered on time, to budget and created an extensive amount of social value for the local area. The teams worked with communities and charities throughout construction and held several events including a charity football tournament with sub-contractors and suppliers which raised over £3000. Through delivery of the works, client Liverpool City Council saw a significant social return on investment which included:
- £16.6m social value generated with 95p SROI (social return on investment) for every £1 spent
- 9 new jobs created
- 130 apprentice weeks
- 11 work experience placements
- 21 community engagement events
- 14 education and curriculum/ careers advice events
“It has been a pleasure to work with Kier since the pre-construction period to deliver the four projects to meet our deadlines. 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. A measure of the success can be demonstrated by early footfall across each of the four project sites which has surpassed all expectations with over 40,000 registrations and 150,000 visits through the facilities in the first six months of operation. Wayne Blair and the Kier team have exceeded all expectations with regards to CSR and played a major part in promoting the project along with engaging the local communities and generating a feel good factor around the city”- Mike Kearney- Head of Sports and Recreation, Liverpool City Council