BUILDING 2G SPORT SURFACE – FROM START TO FINISH
Project Name: Ruthin Leisure Centre
Project Address: Denbighshire, North Wales
Size of Project: 6300 m² sand filled all weather pitch
Works Carried Out: Replacement of the existing poor quality field into a brand new and improved all-weather hockey pitch. The current ground suffered heavily with standing water issues. The construction of this new sports pitch included groundworks, soil stabilisation, sports pitch drainage, engineered macadam subbase, sports rebound fencing, 300 lux sports floodlighting and sand filled multi-use carpet.
“We are very pleased with the outcome. Our surface was awful and unusable before these works and now it has been transformed and the students are making the most of this new facility.”
The pitch was very muddy and uneven which made the playing and performance characteristics poor, as well as potentially unsafe for players. Therefore, they decided to construct a new all-weather sports pitch facility for use all year round.
EXCAVATION FOR NEW ARTIFICIAL PITCH:
The excavation process involved removing the existing layer of topsoil in preparation for the new surfacing and pitches to be constructed. The pictures below show the initial ground works for the new multi-use sports court after the original topsoil was removed.
SOIL STABILISATION GROUNDWORKS:
The process of soil stabilisation was carried out to ensure that the pitch had a good quality subbase to install our surfacing on, as the initial ground conditions didn’t meet the CBR levels we required to build our synthetic turf pitch onto.
SPORTS PITCH DRAINAGE INSTALLATION:
A sports pitch drainage system was installed to prevent the build-up of water on the surface of the pitch, this could have had a negative effect on the playing characteristics, or have led to the pitch being unusable. This ensures that the surface is an all-weather pitch which is suitable for a variety of conditions.
POROUS STONE SUB BASE SPECIFICATION:
The installation of porous stone works as part of the sports pitch drainage system as it contains lots of air pockets to allow water to pass through it quickly and prevent flooding on the surface of the 2G pitch. This allows the drainage system to combat all weather pitch flooding by disposing of the excess water.
SPORTS FLOODLIGHT COLUMNS:
The installation of sports floodlighting around the pitch allows continued use in low light conditions. This means that the leisure centre can increase its revenue as a result of extending the opening hours.
REBOUND TWIN BAR FENCING:
Sports pitch rebound fencing was put up around the 2G surface to prevent the risk of balls getting lost or causing an inconvenience for other people outside of the playing area. This also reduces maintenance costs by stopping sports surface contamination from external factors.
MACADAM SPORTS SURFACES:
The construction of the Macadam subbase surfacing over the groundworks of the pitch ensures an even playing field and gives a bound subbase specification to work from as a firm platform whenever you might need to have the pitch resurfaced in future.
QUALITY CONTROL TOLERANCE TESTS:
Surfacing tests were carried out to assess the quality and performance characteristics of the pitch, this was to ensure that the safety of the players was not compromised at any time. This surface testing also checks to make sure that the pitch meets all the relevant accreditations of the sport’s governing bodies.
INSITU RUBBER SHOCK PAD:
The installation of shock pads between the subbase and the playing surface, which act as an underlay for the artificial grass, ensures that the surface meets the recommended safety requirements and provides a comfortable playing experience for the users.
COMPLETED SYNTHETIC SURFACING:
The final result is a 2G all-weather artificial grass sports pitch which meets all the required performance and safety criteria and provides a much better playing experience for the users when it comes to playing both hockey and other sports like football. With the added floodlighting the Leisure Centre can now increase usage hours.