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Everton Park Lifestyles Centre

Location

The site is situated within the Vauxhall ward of the City. Everton Park Sports Centre is located 1.5 miles from the city centre. With just a 10-minute walk to the main amenities, retail and good public transport links, it is in a prime location for residents and city centre key workers.

It has a range of services and new developments in the immediate vicinity, including Notre Dame Catholic College (soon to be St Joseph’s Catholic Multi-Academy Trust), Project Jennifer development area comprising a supermarket, petrol station, homes, road improvements as well as an additional new junction linking Scotland Road directly to Great Homer Street. There are also further recreational facilities such as Everton Park, which is only a 3-minute walk from the sports centre.

You can find a location plan of the site on the property.liverpool.gov.uk advert.

Description

Everton Park Sports Centre consists of a sports centre with a total usable area of around 4,654sq.m. To the front of the site there is an approx. 3350sq.m car park. To the rear of the site there is around 7515sq.m football facilities area, with an added parking area measuring at around 1020sq.m to the side of the pitches. Surrounding this area is green space in connection with Everton Park.

The ground floor of the sports centre contains a reception area, sports hall with associated storeroom, gym area with separate squash court and bike studio, a 720sq.m swimming pool with female and male changing rooms and designated school changing area.

The second floor consists mainly of office and storage space, with a control room and seating area looking over the swimming pool. There are various plant rooms located within the premises. 

The premises has previously received an EPC rating of C in June 2022. The certificate is currently being updated and will be complete prior to the disposal.

Existing Lease Arrangements

The adjacent property now known as Notre Dame Catholic College is leased from Liverpool City Council from 16th September 2013 for a 30-year term. Under the lease terms, the Council is contractually obligated to provide a basic level of sport accommodation to the school within a reasonable distance to the school. Any proposal for the future of Everton Park Sport Centre will need to satisfy this obligation. In this context, the school has a long-standing Service Level Agreement with Lifestyles Everton Park which provides the school with unfettered access to the sports hall and outdoor pitches (3G) between the hours 09.00 – 16.00 Monday to Friday during the curricular school year. In addition, Notre Dame Catholic College also have use of 40 parking spaces within the centres car park as per a service level agreement (SLA). Details of the SLA will be shared with the successful applicant.

Site Area

Approximate site area: 2.74ha (6.7804 acres) Accommodation Schedule Floor Gross Internal Area (GIA) Basement 318sq.m Ground 3,564sq.m First 1,090sq.m Second 266sq.m Total 5,238sq.m Floor plans are available on request.

Tenure

Leasehold disposal under The Community Use & Asset Transfer Programme

Offers

The City Council seeks to secure a sustainable future for Everton Park Sports Centre and associated facilities, which is financially viable and consistent with the Council Plan, Lifestyles Transformation Plan and the emerging   Physical Activity Strategy for the city.

Interested parties should be aware of the following consideration.

  1. Financially sustainable - the lease will be on the rental basis, determined by the individual’s financial circumstance, with the leaseholder expected to reinvest profits into the operation, maintenance and improvement of the premises. Other than in kind support to help with the Community Transfer process, there is no commitment to funding support from the Council. Support may be available for specific service provision, or to cover certain costs associated with Community Transfer, but this will be discussed on a case-by-case basis and there may be additional application processes required. No assumptions should be made by applicants.
  2. One of the primary outcomes the council wishes to achieve through this process is sustaining this asset for future generations in a way that promotes community involvement and engagement, as well as ensuring all functions are undertaken in accordance with the policies and procedures of Liverpool City Council.
  3. Given the facilities location and the communities that surround the facility, the Council wants to ensure that all applicants can demonstrate a genuine and inclusive approach to community involvement and engagement. As such, the assessment process will be weighted / scored with this in mind.
  4. All applicants through the Expression of Interest stage and through the submission of a business case will need to consider models and methods for community involvement and engagement in all aspects of the operation and future of this asset. This element is particularly relevant for when the Council undertakes a public consultation exercise following receipt of the EOI’s.
  5. In developing a business case, applicants should clearly demonstrate how their proposal intends to meet the key requirements through community engagement and involvement. Applicants must be able to demonstrate they understand the local population this asset serves or could serve.
  6. The successful applicant will need to develop and maintain positive relationships with other services of the council and appropriate external agencies & partners such as Public Health, Sport England and UK Sport.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Before you consider applying for this asset, please review the following eligibility criteria.

  • Be a voluntary or community organisation, social enterprise or another not-for-profit group.
  • Deliver services that generate social, economic or environmental benefit to local communities in Liverpool.
  • Have robust systems, governance and policies and meet the basic requirements set out in the CAT policy and business plan template you can find at gov.uk/CAT.
  • Have the capacity to manage the asset (including all repairs, maintenance and other running costs) and have directors or committee members who have the necessary experience and skills.
  • Contribute towards the Council Plan and its aim to create ‘Thriving Communities’ across the city.

The asset will be marketed under the current Community Asset Transfer Policy and submissions are expected in the same format as CAT applications. Eligible interested parties will need to submit a formal Expression of Interest application. The process is as follows.

Stage one:

  1. Group completes and submits Expression of Interest (EOI) – sent to CAT@liverpool.gov.uk. EOI application form and scoring criteria is attached. Applicants should thoroughly read the scoring criteria before submitting.

Governance: Through the Expression of Interest process applicants must be able to demonstrate they have sound and considered governance in place to develop their business case. All applicants will be scrutinised at this stage of the process to ensure the council is satisfied with the applicant’s governance and membership

  1. EOI assessed by CAT working group and sport and leisure officer. A recommendation will then be made to the Community Asset Panel
  2. The Community Asset Panel will make a decision to either endorse the application or reject it. If the EOI is rejected, the working group will provide feedback and invite the group to resubmit their EOI (resubmissions will only be allowed once)

Stage two:

  1. If successful at EOI stage, a business plan needs to be completed and submitted by group. Business Plan template will be provided.
  2. Working group will assess the business plan and put forward their recommendation to the Community Asset Panel.
  3. The Community Asset Panel will make a decision to either endorse the business plan or reject it. If the business plan is rejected, the working group will provide feedback and invite the group to resubmit their business plan (resubmissions will only be allowed once)

Stage three:

  1. If the business plan is endorsed the group will be offered Heads of Terms for the lease. The Heads of Terms letter will include a long stop date by which the exchange of contracts and complete of the Asset Transfer must take place, and detailed contracts will be issues. The group will be expected to engage relevant professional advisors to complete the Asset Transfer.
  2. Completion of transfer – on completion of contracts the Asset will be handed over to the community group in accordance with the contract provisions.

Submissions should be sent to CAT@Liverpool.gov.uk  by 4pm on Friday 22nd March 2024 for the attention of Amy Crompton. Any submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.

Fees

Lease transaction under CAT have non-negotiable fees of £3,000 surveyors fees and £2,000 legal fees.

Rates

Please contact 0151 233 3000 for further information on business rates or visit https://liverpool.gov.uk/business/business-rates/.

Planning

Interested parties should also make themselves aware of relevant planning policy relating to mixed-use development in this location, including the Liverpool Unitary Development Plan, Anfield – Spatial Regeneration Framework and advice at the following link:-

www.liverpool.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/guidance-and-policies/advice-notes/

The Planning Authority provide a pre-application service, details of which are on the attached link below.  Any planning enquiries should be made through this process – 

www.liverpool.gov.uk/business/planning-and-building-control/preparing-an-application/our-pre-application-service

Viewing Arrangements

Please contact

Amy Crompton MRICS

General Practice Surveyor & Lead officer of The Community Asset Transfer Programme

Property Management

Cunard Building

Water Street

Liverpool

L3 1DS

 

Tel: 07784031132

Email: amy.crompton@liverpool.gov.uk

 

Viewings by appointment only.

Submissions should be sent to CAT@Liverpool.gov.uk  by 4pm on Friday 22nd March 2024 for the attention of Amy Crompton. Any submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.

Subject to receiving conformed applications, the Council will be undertaking a public consultation on the proposals.