FAQ - Kestrel Contractors

Frequent Questions and Answers

Here are a collection of the questions we are often asked by our customers. Not answered your query? Then please contact us with any questions you may have.

How long does it take for a grass pitch to be ready for play from point of construction / seeding?

Usually the best growing periods are between April-May and September-October because of relatively warm temperatures and high rainfall. Every site is different but we would usually expect a pitch to be ready for play within 9-12 months from the point of seeding.

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When is the best time to commence my pitch replacement or construction scheme?

Ideally during Spring or Summer so that we can maximise any periods of dry weather and avoid any unnecessary ground disturbance.

Why is irrigation of my sports pitch so important?

Irrigation helps to promote a consistent playing surface all year round by:

  • Stimulating root growth which accelerates repairs / divots
  • Helps to ensure consistent grass cover during dry periods
  • Reduces surface hardness

Further information on our irrigation services can be found on our sports pitch irrigation page

Is there any guidance available on pitch sizes for different standards of competition and age groups?

Yes Sport England provide collaborative guidance on pitch sizes, run offs etc.

How long does it take to construct a full size artificial sports pitch?

Constructing a full size artificial sports pitch for football, rugby or hockey on a green field site including perimeter fencing, floodlighting and infrastructure typically takes between 12-16 weeks depending on site specific factors and more importantly the weather!

How long does it take to replace an artificial pitch?

Replacing an artificial pitch is slightly more straightforward and can usually be carried out in a 4-6 week period, ideally during the school summer holidays.

Why is it so important that I maintain my artificial pitch?

Artificial surfaces can provide a valuable training and match play facility helping to ease pressure on natural grass pitches but will only provide a sustainable long term solution if they are maintained correctly.

It is important to maintain your artificial surface to maximise its lifespan, ensure consistency of play and to provide a safe surface. A little and often approach from the outset is advised to help avoid undertaking costly one off refurbishments and renovation works.

What ongoing renovation and maintenance is required for my natural footballl pitch?

The FA in conjucntion with the IOG has created a handy guide, download the PDF below:

What ongoing renovation and maintenance is required for my natural rugby pitch?

The RFU in conjucntion with the IOG and SAPCA has created a handy guide, please see the attached document.

What ongoing renovation and maintenance is required for my natural cricket wicket and outfield?

The ECB in conjucntion with the IOG has created a handy guide, please see the below PDF document to read more:

Is SBR (Rubber Crumb Infill) safe?

The short answer is yes. SBR rubber crumb infill from accredited suppliers is certified as safe. However for indoor areas where odour and dust are potentially issues, alternative infills such as cork or Envirofill are often considered.

In the summer of 2014, Kestrel Contractors installed there first ever cork infill pitch at Swedish School, Barnes, The pitch was test in accordance with EN 15330-1(2013) to the requirements of football. Please click here for an extract of the lab report.

Up to what standard can I use my 3G pitch?

Football
3G pitches meeting the relevant standards can be used up to but not including League 1 standard in England and for FA Cup matches up to but not including 3rd round level. Local league rules differ throughout the country and so we would always suggest contacting your local FA and the body which runs your competition for clarification.

 

Rugby
3G pitches meeting the relevant standards can be used for the highest level competition in the UK, Saracens RUFC have just installed a 3G pitch at their home ground, Allianz Park. Local league rules differ throughout the country and so we would always suggest contacting your local RFU representitive and the body which runs your competition for clarification.

 

Hockey
Short pile 3G pitches meeting the relevant standards can be used up to EHB Cat 4 level which is for local and regional league competition (excepting regional premiership divisions– e.g. the division that directly feed the national league). Local league rules differ throughout the country and so we would always suggest contacting England Hockey and the body which runs your competition for clarification.

How long does an artificial sports pitch typically last?

It depends highly upon usage levels and maintenance as well as the quality of the product you opt for. Typically surfaces last somewhere between 5 years (smaller intensively used areas with little or no maintenance) and 12 years (larger areas).

Can my existing astro turf pitch be recycled or re-used?

Yes it can. This is common practice in mainland Europe and often financial incentives are given to companies using this approach. Kestrel have access to the latest turf recycling machinery and can offer this service as part of an astro replacement contract.

What footwear is suitable for 3G pitches?

This varies depending on the artificial grass manufacturer but generally moulded studs, blades, plastic studs and astro boots are acceptable. Aluminium studded boots and consistent use of flat soled shoes is not advised.

What types of infill materials are there?

  •     Sand
  •     Greensand
  •     SBR (Black)
  •     SBR (Coated)
  •     TPE
  •     EPDM
  •     Envirofill
  •     Cork

Do I require planning permission for my all weather pitch?

In 90% of cases the answer is yes as pitches are deemed to be engineering projects and comprise perimeter fencing systems which are usually above 2m and floodlighting. Likely increases in footfall and parking requirements also need to be taken into consideration. Our advice would always be to consult with your local authority about a scheme prior to submitting any application.

What is a deemed as a suitable drainage outlet?

Drainage outlets come in a variety of sources from ditches and streams through to storm water systems, soakaway trenches and swales. Water can even be attenuated within a pitch profile if the ground conditions allow.

Factors such as required and existing outfall capacity, user expectation and future maintenance are all key aspects in successful soprts pitch drainage design and it’s importance should not be overlooked.

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