St Helens RFLC’s dream of moving into a new purpose-built stadium is being realised after the letting of the construction contract.

For the last three years development partner Langtree, St Helens Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Saints have ran through complex legal and financial foundations which will see the club leave their historic GPW Recruitment Stadium.

The 18,000 capacity stadium will have corporate hospitality facilities, meeting rooms and conference space for up to 1,600 delegates for match day hospitality.

Eamonn McManus, Saints chairman, said: “This is an incredibly proud day for me as chairman of this great Club. Our supporters will now see their club’s new home rise out of this site.

“This stadium is fitting for a club of the tradition of Saints but it also signals a new era for us and demonstrates that we are a forward looking club with our eyes fixed on the next generation of great Saints supporters and players.

"I would urge the fans and the town to get fully behind the club and its team in the season ahead as it is the most important year in our history and will lay the foundation for our future."

The project also includes a 140,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store which will form part of the stadium construction contract, new public realm and new pedestrian links into St Helens town centre.

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. 

“Following our acquisition of the site over 10 years ago and close liaison between all partners through a detailed planning and tender process, it is very satisfying to see the project finally become a reality.”

The new stadium will be built by Barr Construction which was selected following an open tender process which started in June 2009.

An exhibition of the stadium plans will be on view at the GPW Recruitment Stadium and you see more at the stadium

Posted on 19/07/2010