FA Parklife is a £19.2m project in Liverpool. It involved the creation of 12 3G football pitches based at four sites throughout the Liverpool region. The project was procured through the North West Construction Hub Framework and here, Justin Williams operations manager at Kier Regional Building North West, describes the project and how careful planning and collaboration meant the project team successfully delivered four projects alongside each other.

“We completed works on the FA Parklife project at the end of 2018. It involved the delivery of four football hubs located at key grassroots footballing locations across the city of Liverpool and was funded by Liverpool City Council in partnership with the Football Association (FA), Football Foundation, Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Sport England.

The hubs are located at:

  • Jeffrey Humble playfield field (Fazakerley)
  • Heron Eccles playing field (Allerton)
  • Jericho Lane playing field (Otterspool)
  • The Simpson Ground (Woolton)

Each individual site featured the installation of three floodlit, full-sized, 11-a-side pitches, with Jericho Lane also including the provision of a full-sized floodlit Rugby Union pitch.

The project, whilst exciting, presented a number of complex challenges that we needed to overcome. Wayne Blair was appointed as the project manager for all four hubs to ensure consistency, continuous improvement, and the sharing of best practice & lessons learned. It was no easy feat to deliver four hubs concurrently, but Wayne and the project team did a great job.

All buildings were manufactured offsite by Integra in Hull and included modular team changing pavilions and fitness centres, together with the construction of modular building extensions linked to the existing, traditionally built pavilions.

To ensure a full understanding of the structure and process of offsite manufacture Wayne arranged a visit to a Sheffield site installation and at a ‘Lessons Learned’ workshop we were able to gain a full understanding of the structure and the requirements for it to be installed at each of the four sites.

Utilising offsite manufacture has several benefits including being more time and cost efficient, but it also presents a number of challenges. For us, one of the challenges was transporting the structures over 120 miles which due to height restrictions proved difficult, we overcame this by working with our supplier to agree the route to site and by utilising the flexibility of the modular off-site construction technology. This meant that the Sports hall section of the buildings had a flexible structure that could be extended upwards following delivery and installation thus raising the roofs to the required height.

Throughout the project the team on site faced a number of challenges which were difficult to overcome. It was sheer collaboration, hard work, innovation and determination that meant the teams reached the point of completion and handover to the client. We are thrilled to have been involved in this project which will positively impact the community of Liverpool for years to come.”

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