Claremont’s twenty one week project with top Premier League football club Everton FC, delivered within the iconic Liver Building in Liverpool, has been shortlisted for Commercial Fit-out of the year in the North West Insider Property Awards 2019.
Everton Football Club (EFC) – The Liver Building, Liverpool
The space offers a flexible workspace solution for circa 200 employees, to come together in one collaborative environment. Within a grade one listed iconic building in the heart of Liverpool, coupled with showcasing glories of past years, the space manages to retain its roots as ‘the People’s Club’
The riverside lift entrance opens to an outstanding reception suite, incorporating a large bespoke lighting feature, hand crafted to represent a football pitch. Supporting this feature are a series of aluminum lattice beams that reference back to the structure of the iconic Bullens Road stand at Goodison Park. To the left of reception is the striking boardroom, to the right is the coffee bar, a hub of enthusiasm and collaboration. With its adjoining areas the reception delivers in spatial terms exactly how the club wished to be represented – an extensive business with a welcoming ethos as the ‘People’s Club’
The main open workspaces are linked by neighbourhood touch down zones, quiet rooms, meeting niches and different workspace configurations, whilst a circulationary route throughout the office acts as an ‘Everton experience’, with an archive of material and memorabilia on show to bring character to the space and connectivity to what is the core of the business – a successful football club.
From adopting the Clients concept brief, the objective was to provide a world-class, flexible, future-proof workspace that personifies the rich history and future ambitions of this Premier League Club. A key cultural challenge highlighted early in the process was the major shift away form the historic roots of the club, having previously been based within Goodison Park. Therefore, it was essential that the values of the Club were upheld, including that of the ‘Peoples Club’, hence the interconnecting reception, Cafe and informal workspaces.
This 21-week project, covering a space of 33,660sqft within a Grade 1 listed building, had its challenges, no more so being that the whole project was delivered at the 7th floor, with access issues and working alongside a plethora of different contractors throughout the building.
Hardwearing and sustainable materials were used throughout the fit-out, to ensure longevity of use. This is epitomized by the Bolon woven vinyl that runs throughout the ‘Everton Experience’ principal circulation route and the Armourcoat resin/cement finishes to the high-footfall Café and Boardroom areas.
Sustainability was a key factor within the fit-out, including the decision to take the space as a shell rather than finished Cat A works. This avoided substantial waste of new materials, especially in consideration of the ceiling alterations throughout.
The clients feedback included:
“Our new home includes a boardroom befitting a top Premier League Club, Everton-themed meeting rooms and multiple breakout areas encouraging collaborative working. Next to the breath-taking reception area is an enviable café with fantastic river views, operated by a local artisan company, bringing the high street into the office.
The amazing football light, clever reference to the Archibald Leitch feature truss, which famously forms the Bullens Road stand, and to the concrete ‘stadium concourse’ feel of the reception provides a ‘wow factor’ that reflects the Clubs rich history and ambitious future, evident to all.
The accessible-to-all design includes height adjustable work stations, dropped counters in the café and coffee bar, door hold-opens in the lift landing and security systems in the public circulation spaces.
One of the most exciting benefits of our new space is the opportunity for collaborative working. It has been wonderful to see colleagues, who were traditionally based remotely, mixing and developing working relationships. The Café area encourages staff to socialise and hold events for the whole Everton family.
The Club prides itself on being the People’s Club and that starts with providing staff with world-class facilities. As one of the ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For’ and this new headquarters creates an inspiring, diverse and inclusive environment where Everton staff can pursue ‘being the best’.”
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