An industry-leading welfare facility is now available to all workers on the site of Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.
The four-storey accommodation block, on the south-east corner of the site in north Liverpool, has been installed by the Club’s contract partners, Laing O-Rourke, to cater for increased numbers as the build gathers pace.
And in addition to expanded canteen facilities, toilets and showers, it includes an exercise area and contemplation and wellbeing spaces for workers during down time.
Chris Spragg, Project Leader for Laing O’Rourke, explained: “There is a staged approach to the welfare to meet the demands of the forecasts for staff.
“The numbers have steadily grown up to this point and phase one saw us successfully transition to the new building on Monday of this week.
“The new welfare complex is an industry-leading facility that is now fully operational and will accommodate all the staff between now and Christmas.
“It includes an immersive space for inductions and planning workshops and a contemplation and wellbeing space, which includes some area for exercise and a quiet area to have some time to relax and get away from it all.
“There’s also a balcony with a viewing gallery and a boardroom with full-height glazing, to offer our staff, the client and any stakeholders visiting the site the best view of the project.”
The facility, which boasts a fully-catered canteen, also has a drying room so that workers exposed to inclement weather have somewhere to hang saturated garments.
Built in conjunction with Laing O’Rourke’s in-house company ‘Select’, it will grow even bigger once the stadium development hits its peak in 2023.
And with environmental concerns also at the forefront of the build, Laing O’Rourke have partnered with Liverpool John Moores University to help improve the efficiency and green credentials of the building.
“When we move towards Christmas we’ll bring online phase two,” added Spragg.
“That will see the office space expand again to meet the demands of the job when it’s at peak capacity, towards the end of 2023 and when we’re into the fit-out phase.
“At that point, it will accommodate up to 200 management and sub-contractor staff and double the workforce, up to 1,200-strong, including all the trades-people.
“Modular buildings for temporary accommodation are very common. But we’ve worked with Select to design the leanest and most efficient complex to meet the demands of the project.
“We are also working with Liverpool John Moores University, through a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) to reduce our carbon footprint and the effect on the environment."
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