ST HELENS R.F.C. has issued a statement regarding the issue of cladding at Langtree Park.
“The Club has had to refrain to date from public comment on the intended additional cladding to Langtree Park due to legal and contractual restrictions. In particular, the Club is considering legal action against its former project adviser, Complete Construction Management (CCM), in relation to cost estimates and other related advice.
“The Club is also awaiting the final production of a structural engineers report relating to the roof, as a necessary pre-condition. Furthermore, the one year contractual defects period expires in October 2012 and the Club now needs to await the expiration of this also.
“That said; the Club will invest further in the necessary cladding in order to protect fans from the elements to the extent necessary and practical. This is the case even though the projected cost is likely to be materially higher than first advised. This will now have to go ahead in the close season; the additional funding is earmarked.
“We understand fans’ frustration but have been unable to provide public updates.
“The original design of the stadium was in its existing state and that was what planning permission was obtained for and was what the club purchased. It is clear, however, that additional work is necessary, and this will be carried out to improve the outlook and comfort of the new stadium further.
“As part of the process the Club will also carry out market research from season ticket holders as to their experience and suggestions after a first full year in the stadium in order that we continually look to improve service.”