Post by Everton News. on Jan 10, 2018 17:49:23 GMT
Everton are to relocate staff from offices at Goodison Park to new facilities at Liverpool’s “outstanding” Royal Liver Building in August, it has been confirmed.
The Club will, however, maintain a day-to-day presence at the stadium to handle supporter enquiries.
The move comes after major shareholder Farhad Moshiri became joint-owner of the iconic waterfront building in spring last year.
Staff from the Club’s finance, HR, marketing and media and communications teams are among those who will switch over to the new office space from the start of the 2018/19 season.
“Robert [Elstone, CEO] has previously spoken about the issues we face in accommodating a growing workforce at Goodison Park and the business benefits we would reap from having all of our staff under one roof,” said Deputy CEO Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale during a presentation at Tuesday’s General Meeting.
“You may have also read recently that as part of Mr Moshiri’s commitment to our city, he has jointly purchased the Liver Building, one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, the outstanding jewel in Liverpool’s crown only a stone’s throw away from Bramley-Moore Dock.
“I’m delighted to announce that over the past few months we have been devising a relocation plan for the staff at Goodison Park and that we will take up occupancy of the seventh floor of the Liver Building towards the end of this year.
“The benefits of this move are many; having our football club in the heart of our commercial centre, having enhanced internal communications and efficiency for our staff, and much improved staff facilities.
“But, most importantly, having a business continuity plan as we prepare for our move to Bramley-Moore Dock."
Barrett-Baxendale later confirmed that the move would not affect supporters seeking face-to-face interaction with the Club on a daily basis, with an improved open-door match day facility also planned.
Everton in the Community staff will continue to be based out of The People's Hub on Spellow Lane and other existing L4 locations.
“Please be assured, we will ensure there is a team at Goodison Park for your day-to-day queries and we will be establishing a full match day operation centre,” Barrett-Baxendale added.
Everton Football Club has relocated its headquarters from Goodison Park into new state-of-the-art facilities at the Royal Liver Building.
Staff from the Club’s Finance, People Services, Marketing and Media and Communications teams are among the 160 staff who have moved into the refurbished 28,000 sq. ft. office space located on the seventh floor of the Grade I listed Liverpool City landmark.
This historic relocation from Goodison Park, the Club’s headquarters for 126 years, sees Everton establish itself in the heart of the city’s commercial centre neighbouring other industry leaders such as Grant Thornton, Princes Group and the Club’s principal partner, SportPesa, in the iconic building which opened in 1911.
The Club’s new offices offer panoramic views across the River Mersey, along the famous waterfront and into the heart of Liverpool City Centre. They have been designed to create an environment that is conducive to staff wellbeing while also creating a platform for collaboration and growth. The open-plan offices sit predominantly to the West, East and South elevations of the building.
The sleek main reception, state-of-the-art Boardroom, meeting rooms and café bar look out towards Bramley Moore Dock, the proposed site for Everton Football Club’s new stadium development.
Everton’s rich history and the Club’s values are reflected in the décor with custom-designed graphics and memorabilia on display around the whole of the offices.
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive Officer at Everton, said: “As a Football Club and heritage institution, we contribute a lot to the rich tapestry of the City’s business community. Our relocation to the Royal Liver Building brings us into the heart of our commercial district which will be a big benefit to the Club and our staff.
“As the Club has grown, we have had Everton staff based across a number of sites across our Goodison campus. A couple of years ago I made a promise to colleagues that we would be housed under one roof in an environment that matched their ambition and we are absolutely delighted to be delivering on that promise with this world-class facility in one of the City’s most iconic buildings.
“I have ensured our new home in the Royal Liver Building retains the spirit of Goodison Park, taking with us an ‘Everton essence’. We have tried to capture the feel of the Club in our décor, subtly paying tribute to some of the stadium’s famous architecture. This is an example of the care, consideration and respect that will be evident in our new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
“Liverpool is a great place to live, work and play – it’s friendly, vibrant, cultural, modern and fun. Being based in the heart of the City, next to a stunning waterfront in grade A offices will continue to help us attract and recruit some of the finest talent available.
“This move comes off the back of the Club making The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies and is just one example of how, through our People Strategy, we are continuing to invest in our people to create an inspiring, diverse and inclusive workplace where Everton staff can pursue ‘being the best’.”
Everton will continue to have staff from the Football Operations department and the Academy based at the Club’s training ground, USM Finch Farm. The Club will also maintain a day-to-day presence at Goodison Park as well as the areas surrounding the stadium. Fan Centre staff will be onsite to handle ticket sales and supporter enquiries from the ticket windows on Goodison Road and the Park End box office.
Everton’s Stadium Operations will also be based within the offices at the ‘Grand Old Lady’.
Everton in the Community staff will continue to be based at and operate from the Goodison campus buildings including The People’s Hub, Everton Free School and Sixth Form College and The Blue Base.