Everton FC has relocated its headquarters from Goodison Park to the Royal Liver Building, which was bought by a partnership involving the club’s owner Farhad Moshiri in February 2017 for £48m.
Staff from the club’s finance, people services, marketing, media and communications teams are among the 160 employees that have moved into 28,000 sq ft of refurbished office space on the seventh floor of the grade one-listed landmark.
The club said that the open plan offices sit predominantly to the west, east and south elevations of the building, with the main reception, boardroom, meeting rooms and café bar looking out towards Bramley Moore Dock, the proposed site for the Blues’ new stadium.
Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale, chief executive, 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.”
Football operations staff and those working in the club’s respected academy system will continue to be based at the club’s Finch Farm training ground. The club will also maintain a day-to-day presence at Goodison and its surrounds – 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 Goodison offices.
CBRE acted for Corestate Capital, the German property company which owns Royal Liver in partnership with Moshiri. Everton will occupy on a 15-year lease.
Andrew Byrne, associate director for the office agency team at CBRE Liverpool, said: “In a market with a limited supply of space, the letting to Everton Football Club confirms the consistent high demand for good quality office accommodation within the heart of Liverpool’s business core.
“CBRE was appointed in November 2017 to revitalise the building and improve its offering to the city to suit the modern day occupier. The introduction of new amenity space will enable occupiers to dwell before, during and after work, making the building work beyond just core office hours. Facilities such as gyms, new cycle facilities, showers and lockers will be delivered in phase one with further facilities, meeting rooms and break out areas coming soon after.”
Staff working for Everton in the Community will continue to be based at the Goodison campus buildings.