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Meyseyside Rugby stadium finds a light for inspiration

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AN £11 million proposal to build a new stadium on Merseyside for top rugby league side Saint Helens is likely to be modelled on Sunderland football club's Stadium of Light.

St Helens is currently looking to leave its 109-year-old home at Knowsley Road and build a 20,000-capacity stadium on a site at the Linkway near the M62 motorway.

William Holden, the stadium's managing executive, said delegates had visited a number of new stadia and were particularly impressed with the Stadium of Light, which was built by Ballast Wiltshier.

Architect and project manager FWP is working up a design and will present its plans to the club in the near future before lodging a planning application with St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council.

The new ground will also provide a home for St Helens Town Football Club and Liverpool St Helens rugby union club, plus a 1,000-seat conference venue.

It must be completed by March 2002 in time for the start of the rugby league season.