SINCE the end of the one-year contractual defects period, which expired on October 24, St.Helens R.F.C. have been able to review in detail the requirements for added protection from the elements both within the seated and standing areas of the stadium, as well as the public concourse.
Discussions are taking place with the developer, main contractor and structural engineers and a number of options are currently being assessed.
The Club expects a detailed report to be received before Christmas for analysis and will then decide on the optimum method and timing.
We are committed to doing all that is practical, and in as speedy a timeframe as is possible, to ensure that necessary additions and improvements are made and the Club is working closely with all relevant professional parties in that regard.
It is a complex and demanding area from a structural engineering viewpoint, given the design of the stadium, and the correct long-term option needs to be decided and adopted only after the most detailed consideration.
It is imperative that the right option is adopted given the potential costs involved and it is also critical that any additions do not detract from the unique design of Langtree Park.
A further announcement will be made early in the New Year.