Paragon Construction Group has been appointed to complete the fit-out of St Helens' new rugby league stadium.
The £2m contract will see Paragon install catering facilities, bars, shop, museum and interior decor into the new structure, recently handed over to the club by developer Langtree.
Paul Barrow, managing director of Paragon, said: "As a local company we're delighted to be involved in delivering the new stadium, and in delivering Saints' vision to provide the best rugby stadium – of either code – in the country."
Eamonn McManus, chairman of St Helens RLFC, said: "We chose Paragon because they are a local firm committed to supporting the local economy – they use local suppliers and employ local tradesmen – and as a club that was very much a priority for us. We want the benefits of this stadium to be felt within our own community."
Paul Barrow is a former player at rivals Warrington RLFC. Paul's uncle, Tony Barrow, a former Saints player, now one of Paragon's senior construction managers, will be overseeing the company's work at the Saints stadium.
"I spent many happy years playing at Knowsley Road," Tony recalls, "So to contribute to building the club's new home is tremendous. I'll take great pride in being involved."
Completion of the fit-out is due by mid January.