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St Helens name stadium contractor

Barr Construction has been chosen to build an 18,000-capacity stadium for a Merseyside rugby league club by the end of the Super League’s next season.

Contractors will begin work on St Helens RLFC’s new home at the town’s former glassworks site after three years of legal and financial preparation by developers Langtree, St Helens Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

The team, known as the Saints, will move out of their historic stadium Knowsley Road at the end of this season, and will share Widnes’ Stobart Stadium until their new home is complete.

Langtree managing director John Downes said: “The letting of the contract is the final part of the process and people will now see construction activity begin on site.

“With the stadium at its centre, this development will deliver the wholesale regeneration of this brownfield site.”

Other features of the new build will include a 1,600-capacity banqueting suite and a 300 square metre community facility designed for youth activities, which will be run by the local council.

Local residents will be served by a superstore which incorporates paths to St Helens town centre as part of the construction project.

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