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Metnor to convert for Harlequins

CONTRACTS WEST LONDON

METNOR Construction has kicked Sir Robert McAlpine into touch to tackle a £8 million deal to build a new stand for rugby union club Harlequins.

The Newcastle upon Tyne-based outfit swerved past its more illustrious rival for the work at the struggling Zurich Premiership side's Stoop Memorial Ground in Twickenham, west London.

The redevelopment will see ground capacity jump 4,000 to 12,500 and follows a similar facelift last year when the 2,300seat north stand was built.

The new west stand will include hospitality and commercial facilities and is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2006-7 season.