Santander reveal fantastic £75m investment plan for Bootle
Santander today unveiled plans for a new, state-of-the-art campus, to replace our current offices in Bootle.
The new complex will represent a £75 million investment in the area and be home to over 2,500 staff. It will see Bootle become the contact centre and operations hub for Santander UK.
The current site is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month and today’s plans will be the first significant redevelopment since it opened in 1968. The ambition is to create a building that can become a hub for the local area with retail opportunities, sporting and social facilities and a public park. The new office space will be designed to encourage collaboration amongst staff and support their well-being.
Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “I am delighted that Santander have shown such a massive commitment to our communities with this major redevelopment.
“Since it opened 50 years ago, this site has provided employment, identity, and community and has been a big part of every-day life for successive generations right across the borough. This decision really endorses the value Santnder place upon their workforce, and the significance that Sefton Council places in working with major businesses and employers to bring about investment across our wonderful borough.
“I now look forward to working with Santander in delivering the new development, and providing employment, security and prosperity for future generations of our communities. Sefton is very much open for business.”
Chair of Santander, Shriti Vadera, said: “I’m delighted that we are celebrating 50 years in Bootle with this long term commitment to our people and the area. Bootle has been a significant part of Santander’s story and we see it as a crucial part of its future.”
Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive, Santander UK, said: “The new campus will be a place that people will be proud of and excited to come and work in. There will be facilities that will be open to employees and the people in the area, underpinning Bootle’s place at the heart of the local community.
“This building has had a fascinating history and with today’s announcement it has an exciting future to look forward to.”
Key features of the new building will include:
• An environmentally sustainable building designed around supporting the health and well being of occupants;
• A range of health facilities including a fitness centre, cycle storage and public park; and
• Retail and service opportunities available to Santander employees and the public.
Planning permission will be submitted to the Council in November and we are initially looking at building work commencing in 2019 and lasting through to 2022.