Twickenham East Stand £10M Over Budget

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28 February 2018

The work on Twickenham’s East Stand is likely to be more than £10m (€11.3m) over budget due to security and fire measures not foreseen at planning stages according to The Daily Mail.

The proposed spend has risen from £55m to £65.5m and could go higher because of the need to make the structure capable of withstanding a terrorist bomb attack. There are also extra fire safety requirements for the building’s cladding following the Grenfell disaster the Mail said.

To add to Twickenham concerns are findings from a health and safety audit by the British Safety Council. The report revealed: ‘Some longstanding procedural and cultural issues that fall short of world-class standards.’

Councillors were informed that work has started to rectify the issues with Twickenham health & safety and the East Stand development now a ‘major priority’ for the RFU. This has included the governing body’s retention of consultants Ernst & Young to review the whole building project. Their report gave ‘some assurance’, but warned the next phase contains ‘some risk’.

An RFU spokeswoman said: ‘We keep health and safety under constant review and if there are areas we can improve, we will. It is not unusual for costs for construction projects to rise once the work is under way — the East Stand project is still on track and within the overall budget.’

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