St Helens Rugby League Stadium

On The Ball:

Solid State has completed a major project at Langtree Park, the magnificent new purpose-built Rugby League stadium in St Helens.

The BAFE SP203 registered company installed all the life-safety systems at the ground including a powerful fire alarm and voice alarm system.

The state-of-the-art arena is destined to become not only home to one of the world’s most famous rugby league clubs but also become a hot-spot for business events with its first-class corporate hospitality facilities, restaurants, meeting rooms and conference space for up to 1,600 delegates.

Featuring bright-red seating areas, a mirrored Sky TV lounge designed to house teams of television commentators and a gigantic TV screen and score-display board, the open-air stadium has a capacity of 18,000 and is worlds away from the old Saints Knowsley Road ground.

Said Phil White, Stadium Manager: “Langtree Park is one of the most prestigious sports stadiums ever to be built in the North West and we were lucky to engage the services of one of the region’s top specialist electrical companies to install the life-safety systems.”

“The service we received from Solid State was excellent. From design stage, right through to installation, Solid State displayed exemplary technical knowledge and expertise. We are absolutely delighted with the fire and voice alarm system they installed and the ease with which they completed this major project.”

Working to a tight three-month timescale, nine engineers were deployed to site full-time to ensure the swift and smooth completion of the project which involved installing a vast and complicated assortment of electrical equipment.

Said Paul Turner, Senior Engineer at the rapidly-expanding Lancashire-based company: “The challenge was to install the life-safety systems within tight timescales and we pulled out all the stops out to ensure they were up and running in time for handover. We are all big rugby fans so it was incredibly exciting to be working on a stadium exclusively designed for rugby league matches.”

Two of C-TEC’s powerful 4-loop ZFP touchscreen controlled analogue addressable fire panels were specified. Fully compliant with EN54 parts 2 and 4, the networked panels connect to over 600 devices including 500 Apollo detectors and 85 C-TEC manufactured addressable loop sounder/beacons distributed throughout the site. With their intuitive 4.3 inch, 472 x 248 pixel colour resistive touch-screens, the panels provide clear and constant feedback on all aspects of fire alarm system activity at the stadium. The panel’s full on-screen QWERTY keyboard makes programming and installation straightforward.

Central to the stadium’s safety and security is SigNET’s LS voice alarm system. With its LCD touch screen, LS is a powerful and highly sophisticated voice alarm, public address and background music system. At its centre is the SS2N network station which allows the amplifiers, fire alarm interfaces, audio inputs, and manual and automatic controllers to be distributed around the ground.

Also installed on site is a SigTEL fire telephone system, connected to 20 red fire telephone outstations, and an extensive range of C-TEC’s PDA range of induction loop amplifiers for the hard of hearing, disabled refuge systems and disabled persons’ toilet alarms. An automatic turnstile monitoring system is also in operation at the ground.