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The rusting structure of the Liberty Stadium is finally being made good again

Work has begun to clean and paint Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium after criticism over the rusty condition of its exterior structure.

The steel pillars on the ground’s South Stand have been re-painted a brilliant white and the dirt and rust that was there before has gone at last.

Workmen who appeared to be cleaning parts of the East Stand’s structure (facing the River Tawe adjacent to the footpath) have been spotted at the stadium over recent days, as work continues to bring the rest of the structure up to standard.

In October, 2020, Swansea City responded to criticism over the condition of the 15-year-old stadium by saying that planned remedial works had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.



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The stadium is being given a fresh lick of paint

“Contractors are currently making good progress on the stadium’s South Stand and there is a plan in place for the continuance of the works across the other stands through next year,” a Swansea City spokesman said at the time.

It appears that the planned works are now making progress, even with the absence of fans while coronavirus restrictions remain in place and prevent football fans from filling stadiums.



The South Stand is looking good-as-new after being painted



But the East Stand still needs some work

The stadium’s operator, Swansea Stadium Management Company – owned by Swansea City FC – took legal action against Swansea Council and the main contractor of the stadium’s original build, Interserve Construction Ltd, in 2018.

They claimed the original works were defective and in breach of contract, pointing to corrosion of the steel structure as a result of “paint delamination”.



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However, after a two-week hearing at the High Court the action was dismissed and Swansea Council recovered £130,000 in court costs.

It is not clear when the work on the remaining stands will be completed.

Swansea City FC have been approached for comment.

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